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Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie among Rock Hall nominees

NEW YORK (AP) – Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran and A Tribe Called Quest are among this year’s first-time nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The Cleveland-based institution announced 17 artistes and groups being considered for Rock Hall induction, including Rage Against the Machine, Pat Benatar, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Judas Priest and Beck.

Beck and Simon are also nominated for the first time. Eminem, who is playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show with Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige and Kendrick Lamar, earned a nomination in the first year he was eligible.

This year’s class will be announced in May, with an induction ceremony planned for later this year.

“This year’s ballot recognises a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture,” said head of the foundation that runs the Rock Hall John Sykes, in a press release recently.

Artistes must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years before they’re eligible for induction.

Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon thanked fans on Twitter for their support over the years.

“This distinction is due in large part to the fact that we have an army of fans around the world who have unwaveringly supported us for the past four decades,” he wrote. The other nominees are Kate Bush, DEVO, Eurythmics, Fela Kuti, MC5 and the New York Dolls.

ABOVE & BELOW: Jarobi White, Malik Isaac Taylor aka Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest; and singer Lionel Richie. PHOTOS: AP

ABOVE & BELOW: Rapper Eminem and country singer Dolly Parton