*Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan and James Brown’s famed backup The J.B.’s are among the first-time nominees being considered for induction next year in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Steve Miller, Chicago, The Cars, Cheap Trick and Los Lobos, also are new to the ballot.
Artists are eligible for the hall 25 years after their first music is released. Eight of the 15 potential honorees are first-timers.
More than 800 artists and members of the music industry vote on the inductees, who will be announced in December. Fans can also vote on the rock hall’s website toward a “fan’s ballot” that will also be counted.
Artists back on the ballot for another try are Chic, N.W.A. Deep Purple, the Spinners, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, and Yes.
Janet would be joining her brothers if she makes the cut. The Jackson 5 were inducted in 1997 and her late brother Michael joined as a solo artist in 2001.
Of the returning nominees, Los Angeles rappers N.W.A. received a major publicity boost through the move “Straight Outta Compton.” This is the fourth year in a row they’ve been nominated.
Chic has set a record for the number of nominations without induction. This marks their 10th time being considered.
The Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum generally inducts five performers a year, along with separately considered inductees in categories like non-performers or early influences. The induction ceremony will be in New York in April, at a venue and date to be announced later, and HBO will televise it at a later date.