The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the newest nominees for its 2011 induction ceremony in the lost city of Cleveland, Ohio. Among the 15 artists nominated are NYC scientist-rappers the Beastie Boys, NJ's second son Bon Jovi, Kurt Weilian crooner Tom Waits, chicken-enthusiast Alice Cooper, vanilla hippie Donovan, and Jewish Elvis Neil Diamond.
Also nominated are NCIS star LL Cool J, coke/Disco party band Chic, commercial jingle writers J Geils Band, Queen of Disco Donna Summer, New Orleans funkster Dr. John, perennial backup singer Darlene Love, NYC singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, rap-precursor Joe Tex and
schitzophrenic head-basher Wesley Willis blues rocker Chuck Willis. (There's always next year, Wesley)
The induction ceremony will take place on March 14. The Hall of Fame will also have a special John Lennon birthday tribute on Friday Oct. 8. Now the obligatory question: is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lame, or the lamest? Don't expect any objectivity from Johnny Rotten!