Groundbreaking artists who made their marks in hard rock, disco, R&B and guitar solos are among the nine nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The key first ballot nominee is Metallica, the most successful and acclaimed heavy metal band of the last 2-1/2 decades.

Others being considered for the five slots the hall annually doles out are Jeff Beck, Chic, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Run-D.M.C., the Stooges, War and Bobby Womack.

The 24th annual Induction Ceremony will be held on April 4 at Public Hall in Cleveland. For the first time, tickets to the ceremony will be made available to the public.

To be eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. This year’s nominees had to release their first single no later than 1983.