It's shaping up to be quite a year for Metallica. The rock mavens released their ninth studio album Death Magnetic
this month, and have just been named as a finalist for 2009's class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
But James Hetfield and Co. are far from alone. Joining Metallica amongst the nominee class are guitarist Jeff Beck, '70s disco band Chic, '60s country badass Wanda Jackson, the soul men Little Anthony and the Imperials, groundbreaking rappers Run-D.M.C., proto-punk legends The Stooges, genre-breaching super-group War, and, last but not least, R&B legend Bobby Womack. Last year's inductees, if you recall, were The Dave Clark Five, John Mellencamp, The Ventures, Leonard Cohen and Madonna.
More than 500 voters will select the artists to be inducted on April 4, 2009 at the Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Next year will be the first time the public will be able to purchase tickets to the ceremony (and we can only imagine how much those will cost). One has to think Metallica, Run-D.M.C. and Jeff Beck are safe bets to take the podium next spring, but who knows? Inductees will be announced in January.
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