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Old 09-28-2007, 01:09 PM   #1
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Rock Hall 08 Nominees

(AP)Here's something Madonna can really celebrate: a nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Madge joins heartland rocker John Mellencamp, the puckish rappers Beastie Boys and premier dance acts Donna Summer and Chic among the nine nominees for the hall. The five leading vote-getters will be inducted in the annual ceremony March 10, 2008, at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The other nominees are rap pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, literate songwriter Leonard Cohen, the original British Invasion combo The Dave Clark Five and surf rock instrumentalists The Ventures.

The nominations illustrate how far the Hall of Fame has stretched its definition of rock 'n' roll to incorporate a variety of musical styles.

It's certainly the case with Madonna, the Detroit-area native who burst out of New York dance clubs in the early 1980s with "Holiday" and soon became a pop culture icon. She scored 17 Top 10 hits in the 1980s alone and is due to put out an album next year, working with the likes of Timbaland and Justin Timberlake.

The Beastie Boys molded punk rock and rap into the goofy hit "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right to Party." They became critical favorites and are still together, releasing an instrumental album this year.

Indiana's own Mellencamp can fill a barrel with rock hits like "Hurts So Good," "Pink Houses" and "R.O.C.K. in the USA." Like Chic and the Dave Clark Five, he's been nominated before without getting into the hall.

Some 500 musicians, industry professionals and journalists vote on the inductions.
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can't the rock and roll hall of fame do like the baseball hall of fame and just not induct people if there's no one deserving?
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How is Madonna not deserving? Pretty much any successful female rock or pop singer you can name today was influenced by Madonna. I'm so excited to see her get this nomination because she completely deserves it.
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madonna is deserving... the rest? eh... not so much.

why does it have to be 5 all the time? can't they have some years where they look at the nominees and honestly say "well... we're only gonna go wtih 2 this year because i don't think Wham! quite fits what we're looking for"
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If Tom Petty and Bob Seger can get in, Mellencamp should probably be there, too.
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mellencamp should be banned forever based soley on that hokey "my country" chevy commerical(s)
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Yeah, that song is torture.
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I wouldn't normally think of Donna Summer as rock and roll.

Maybe they should just call it the Music Hall of Fame.
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Chic is hardly rock and roll either
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Chic is hardly rock and roll either
I don't think I've heard any Chic. But I'm not surprised given the name.
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Aside from Madonna and maaaaaybe Mellencamp (ok, he deserves to not be there because of Our Country alone) this is a weak class.

Maybe we've been spoiled, the last couple of years have been pretty kickass.
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I don't think I've heard any Chic. But I'm not surprised given the name.
You never heard Le Freak? For shame
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Mellencamp certainly deserves it if you look at his huge list of hits over what, 25 or 30 years now?
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your 2009 rock hall of fame... Menudo, Wham!, Men Without Hats, New Kids on the Block and Frankie Goes To Hollywood
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I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
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