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Well it's that time of year again, a time when we honor some of the biggest names in the music industry and gear up for the graduating class of 2012 for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Eligibility is pretty straight-froward; your first release has to be at least 25 years old and then "The Board" looks at the artist's contribution to the whole Rock & Roll scene.

One group that has met the criteria, but for some reason or another, still has not been "invited to the party" is Chicago. There is some talk that for whatever reason, Chicago has been "black balled."

But, this is not about groups that have been excluded. This is a celebration of the nominees, some of which, will become the Class of 2012.

So, wave your lighters in the air, stomp your feet and, to quote Chuck Berry, let's 'Hail! Hail! Rock N' Roll."

Here are this year's nominees.

  • Guns N' Roses


    Guns N' Roses was formed in Los Angeles, Ca and took the world by storm. The original line up included; Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKeagan and Steven Adler. Axl was married, for just 3 weeks, to Erin Everly. Erin is the daughter of Don Everly of The Everly Brothers. The group's rise to fame was just as quick as it's undoing. Usually due to the 'antics' of front man Axl. The big question for GNR is, if inducted, will they all take the stage together?

  • Red Hot Chillipeppers


    The Red Hot Chillipeppers is another Los Angeles group and unlike, GNR, still seem to get along quite well with one another. Anthony Keiedis fronts the group, while Flea pounds on the bass. You may also recall that Flea took a stab at acting in the 1980's and played the character of "Needles" in the movie 'Back To The Future." Some of the better known 'hits' from the Peppers include; Under the Bridge, Give It Away and Dani California.

  • Donovan


    Donovan Leitch was born in Glasgow, Scotland and had a great 'ear' for poppy-melody driven songs. Leitch also took a stab at acting and was featured in "The Pied Piper of Hamlin." He broke the Top 40 charts 12 times in 8 years and some of his radio-friendly tunes included; Sunshine Superman (his first #1 Song), Hurdy Gurdy Man and the all-time classic, Mellow Yellow. It was on this last track that he had a little help from his friend Paul McCartney.

  • Beastie Boys


    Who says that a trio of white kids from Brooklyn, NY can't rap? Three of the Beastie Boys most memorable songs include; Brass Monkey, Hey Ladies and the unforgettable Rap/Rock Anthem, You Gotta Fight For Your Right (To Party). The Beastie's were in fact, Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch and Mike Diamond. I can hear their parents' friends sitting around the table whispering, "They seemed like such nice little Jewish boys." For trivia fans, The Beastie Boys have a connection with another Hall of Fame Inductee - Donovan. Horovitz was married to Donovan's daughter, Ione Skye, in the 1990's.

  • The Small Faces/The Faces


    They originally started out as The Small Faces at had their first taste of success in 1967 with the radio hit Itchycoo Park. The group consisted of; Steve Matrriott, Ronnie Lane and Kenney Jones. Marriott left in 1968 to form the group Humble Pie (Thirty Days In A Hole). In '69, the remaining members changed their name to The Faces and picked up former Jeff Beck Group members Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood.