Induction takes place March 14 in Gotham

Nominees for 2011 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, announced Tuesday, range from ’50s and ’60s R&B stars to singer-songwriters, rappers and hair metal luminaries.

This year’s candidates for the Cleveland hall include R&B and soul performers Chuck Willis, Darlene Love and Joe Tex; singer-songwriters Donovan, Neil Diamond, Laura Nyro and Tom Waits; disco goddess Donna Summer; and ’70s dance group Chic.

Also in the running are New Orleans singer-pianist Dr. John, shock-rocker Alice Cooper, blues-rock unit the J. Geils Band, ’80s headbangers Bon Jovi, and rap acts LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys.

Inductees will be selected by 500 Hall of Fame voters and will be announced in December. The 2011 induction ceremony will be held March 14 in New York.

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