Hard rockers, R&B groups, singer-songwriters, and guitar heroes head up the list of nominees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's class of 2000.To be nominated for induction into the Hall Of Fame, a performer's debut album has to have been released at least 25 years ago. Included on this year's ballot are Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Queen, Lou Reed, the O'Jays, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Solomon Burke, the Moonglows, the Lovin' Spoonful, Steely Dan, Richie Valens, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Lou Reed and Eric Clapton are already members of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Reed was inducted in 1996 as a member of the Velvet Underground. Clapton, meanwhile, was inducted in 1992 as a member of the Yardbirds, and again in 1993 as a member of Cream. He stands to be the first artist inducted into the Hall three times. (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Neil Young are among the artists who have been inducted twice). Some of the groups on this year's ballot have had revolving-door lineups over the years: both Black Sabbath and Steely Dan have experienced massive turnover within their ranks. However, all the current and former members of these bands needn't rent their tuxes just yet: the Hall Of Fame nominating committee decides which members of groups with several different lineups will be inducted. A panel of 800 professionals from the music industry will vote on the ballots over the next several weeks, and the formal announcement of those who've been selected for the Rock Hall won't be made until later in the year. The actual induction ceremony usually takes place in January.
-- Brian Ives