A look at this year's inductees - and some of the eligible rockers that got turned down
Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba, left, and singer Axl Rose perform at London's O2 Arena in 2010. The original band broke up in 1996 but Axl Rose still performs under its name.
Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea perform at Woodstock '99. It has never been unusual for some or all of the members of the band to perform naked.
Laura Nyro in 1988: She wrote hit songs made famous by other performers but was also known as a singer in her own right. She died of ovarian cancer in 1997 at age 49.
The Beastie Boys (from left: Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, Adam "MCA" Yauch, and Michael "Mike D" Diamond) were and remain influential hip-hop artists and rockers. They were among the first bands to heavily sample other people's songs, especially on their groundbreaking 1989 album "Paul's Boutique".
Rod Stewart (left) and Rolling Stones' guitarist Ron Wood performed on stage together in 2004 for the first since they were in The Faces. The Small Faces were founded in 1965 by bassist Ronnie Lane, who died in 1987. When the band's lead singer left, Lane formed a new band, The Faces, that featured Stewart on lead vocals and Wood on guitar.
Scottish pop singer Donovan performs at the Glastonbury Festival in 2002. He made his name in the 1960s with folk hits like "Mellow Yellow," "Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch."
This is not a great year for women performers. Among the eligible women not named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are the members of the band Heart, including guitarist Nancy Wilson, who founded the hard-rocking band with her sister Ann in the 1970s.
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Also not getting the nod this year is Joan Jett of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, seen here performing at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest in 2010.
Disco queen Donna Summer was also eligible for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year but didn't make the cut.