NEVER MIND THE BALLOTS!

Gram Parsons, Tom Petty and Isaac Hayes are among other names on the ballot papers...

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RAMONES, the SEX

PISTOLS, GRAM PARSONS, ISAAC HAYES and

TALKING HEADS are amongst the names included on the nomination

ballot for 2002 induction into the ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME.

The stars will jockey for their place in the Hall, based in Cleveland,

Ohio with Tom Petty, Jackson Browne,

Gene Pitney, R&B girl group the Chantels and

doo-wop acts The Dells and The “5” Royales and

repeat nominees AC/DC,

Patti Smith, Brenda Lee and Lynyrd

Skynyrd. Black Sabbath also find themselves on the

ballot paper again, but is unlikely they will accept their nomination even if it

were offered. Ozzy

Osbourne is no fan of the Hall of Fame and has refused the nomination before.

Around 1,000 ballot papers were sent out to members of the selection committee

over the last week. Normally around a half dozen acts are inducted every year. To

find themselves on the ballot, artists are to have released their first album 25

years ago. Criteria for induction includes “the influence and significance of the

artist’s contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll”.

Inductees in 2001 included Aerosmith,

Steely Dan, Queen, Michael

Jackson (solo) and Ritchie Valens.