Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 nominees

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for 2012. Here are some of our favorite clips by the candidates. What do you think of the nominees and what are your favorite jams by them?
  • Beastie Boys 
An American hip hop trio from New York City.  They are one of the longest lived hip hop acts worldwide and continue to enjoy commercial and critical success in 2011, nearly 25 years after the release of their debut album.
  • The Cure
During the early 1980s, the band’s increasingly dark and tormented music helped form the gothic rock genre.  By the start of the 1990s, The Cure were one of the most popular alternative rock bands in the world. The band is estimated to have sold 27 million albums as of 2004.
  • Donovan
 A Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. Emerging from the British folk scene, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz,poppsychedelia, and world music.  He influenced both John Lennon and Paul McCartney when he taught them his finger-picking guitar style in 1968. He produced a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970.
  • Eric B. & Rakim
Hailing from Long Island, New York, the pair are generally considered by hip hop enthusiasts to be one of the most influential and innovative groups in the genre. During hip hop’s “golden age” of the mid-1980s to the early 90s, the duo was almost universally regarded as the premier MC/DJ combo in hip hop.
  • Guns ‘N Roses
An American hard rock band, formed in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, in 1985.  The band has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
  • Heart
The group rose to fame in the 1970s with their music being influenced by hard rock as well as folk music. After diminishing in popularity for a couple of years in the early 80s, the band enjoyed a comeback in 1985, experiencing further successes with their power ballads and pop hits into the 1990s.
  • Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Their hit cover “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll“, was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from March 20 to May 1, 1982.  They are known as well as for their other popular recordings including “Crimson and Clover“, “I Hate Myself for Loving You“, “Do You Want to Touch Me“, “Light of Day“, “Love Is All Around“, “Bad Reputation“, and “Little Liar”.
  • Freddie King
Nicknamed “the Texas Cannonball”,  he was an influentialAfrican-American blues guitarist and singer. He is often mentioned as one of “the Three Kings” of electric blues guitar, along with Albert King and B.B. King, as well as the youngest of the three.
  • Laura Nyro
An American songwriter, singer, and pianist.  Her style was a hybrid of Brill Building-style New York pop, jazzgospelrhythm and bluesshow tunes, rock and soul.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
An American rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group’s musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punkhip hop and psychedelic rock
  • Rufus with Chaka Khan
Rufus was an American funk band, from ChicagoIllinois; best known for launching the career of lead singer Chaka Khan. They had several hits throughout their career, including “Tell Me Something Good,” “Sweet Thing,” and “Ain’t Nobody.”
  • The Small Faces/The Faces
An English rock and roll band from East London, heavily influenced by Americanrhythm and blues. The band is remembered as one of the most acclaimed and influential mod groups of the 1960s
  • The Spinners
A soul music vocal group, active under that name since 1961, and popular with a long run of pop and R&B hits during the 1970s. The group, originating from Detroit, still tours regularly as of 2011
  • Donna Summer
American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s.  Summer is a five-time grammy winner and she also charted four number-one singles in the US within a thirteen-month period.
  • War
American funk band from California, known for the hit songs “Low Rider“, “Spill the Wine“, “The Cisco Kid” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?