PRINCE OF ROCK AND ROLL?

The dimunitive star qualifies for an induction for the first time. And George Harrison's another new nominee too...

PRINCE

is among the latest bunch of music megastars vying for an induction into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.

The star qualifies for the first time having reached 25 years in the music business this year. His first LP ‘For You’ was released in 1978.

The purple-loving funkster is joined by three other new nominees – John Mellancamp, Jackson Browne and the late George Harrison, according to Rolling Stone. If Harrison does make it, he will be the third solo Beatle to take his place in the hall, alongside Patti Smith and Iggy And The Stooges.

Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gram Parsons, [/a], [a], Traffic and ZZ Top are among the previous nominees who will once again face the vote, having not received enough support in previous years.

Nominations are based on “influence and significance to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll”. The voting forms for the 18th induction are mailed to the 1,000 performers, rock writers and industry executives who make up the induction committee members and the results will be announced in December. Traditionally the induction ceremonies are held in New York in March.

Last year’s inductees included [a][/a], AC/DC and The Police.