The punk icons are nominated for inclusion for a third time...

The SEX PISTOLS, U2 and GRANDMASTER FLASH head this year’s list of nominations for the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.

Other acts put forward for inclusion are Patti Smith, The Stooges, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Conway Twitty, Gram Parsons, Randy Newman The O’Jays, Percy Sledge and Wanda Jackson.

MTV reports that voters received ballots in the mail last week. The performers who receive the highest number of votes (and more than 50 per cent of the vote) will be inducted – the Hall generally elects five to seven performers a year.

The inductees will be announced sometime in November, and the enshrinement ceremony — the Hall’s 20th — is scheduled to take place in New York in March.

The Sex Pistols are nominated for inclusion for the third time, even though frontman John ‘Johnny Rotten’ Lydon once declared the Hall Of Fame to be a “place where old rockers go to die”.