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    Slash, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler of the rock group Guns N' Roses pose for a portrait in October 1985 in Los Angeles. The band emerged on the music scene in the mid-'80s. It will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Although the members of the band changed several times during the years, the original lineup will be recognized at the Hall.
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    The Beastie Boys are shown in April 1987. With hits like "Fight for Your Right (to Party)" and "Sabotage," the Beastie Boys have dabbled in punk, hip-hop and funk. The band's 1986 album, "Licensed to Ill," was hip-hop's first No. 1 album. The trio will join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as members of its 2012 class.
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    The Red Hot Chili Peppers are shown outside the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1999 -- from left, Chad Smith, Flea, John Fruciante and Anthony Kiedis. The group, known for hit singles like "Give It Away," "Under the Bridge" and "Californication," has won seven Grammys and will be inducted in 2012 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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    Donovan performs on stage at Royal Albert Hall, June 3, 2011, in London. The Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its 2012 class. The singer of "Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch" hit the scene in the 1960s and continued to make music through the early 2000s.
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    Members of the Small Faces, from left, Ian McLagan, Rick Wills, Kenney Jones and Steve Marriott, in 1977. The group began in 1965 and released a series of U.K. hits such as "Itchycoo Park." In the '70s, Small Faces returned to the scene with Rod Stewart in tow and a shortened name -- Faces. The group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
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    Laura Nyro is shown in New York City in November 1968. Nyro, an American artist best known for songs that were performed by others, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the 2012 class. She died of ovarian cancer in 1997.
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    Freddie King performs on stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival June 29, 1973. Known as the "Texas Cannonball," King had six R&B Top 30 hits in 1961. His classics included "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" and "Hide Away." He died at the age of 42. He will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 for his early influence.
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    Don Kirshner is shown Oct. 7, 1977. The music publisher, songwriter and producer wrote songs with Bobby Darin and founded Aldon Music with Al Nevin. Kirshner was behind the Monkees and the Archies. In 1972, he became executive producer of ABC's "In Concert" and soon debuted "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert." He will receive the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Ahmet Ertegun award in 2012.
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    Record producer Glyn Johns is shown in his London home, Jan. 2, 1975. The engineer and producer was born in England and started as a performer. Johns engineered Rolling Stones' recording sessions and albums for Traffic, the Move and Billy Nichols. He worked with Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, the Band and the Who. He will be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 for musical excellence.
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    Tom Dowd is shown circa 1970. Dowd recorded some of the greatest albums for rock and roll's biggest stars. The staff engineer and producer at Atlantic Records will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dowd helped to develop the sounds for artists such as Bette Midler, Chicago and the Allman Brothers.
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  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Nominees and Inductees

    The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class will also include studio owner Cosimo Matassa. Matassa, who worked with many artists, including Little Richard and Ray Charles, is widely credited as a primary developer of the "New Orleans sound."
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    Joan Jett of the rock band the Runaways and the Blackhearts poses for a portrait by her family's home in Canoga Park, Calif., in 1977. The singer of the hit "I Love Rock and Roll" was nominated for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class but did not make the cut. Three of the Blackhearts' albums reached the Top 20. In 2010, Jett was the executive producer of the movie "The Runaways."
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    Lol Tolhurst, left, and Robert Smith from the Cure pose in London in January 1983. The Cure formed in England in the late 1970s. Its hits included "Let's Go to Bed" and "Lovecats," and "Friday I'm in Love." The band was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but was not chosen as part of the 2012 class.
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    Eric B and Rakim are shown in 1980. The two friends from New York recorded their first single "Eric B Is President" in 1986. After six years and four albums, including "Don't Sweat the Technique," the two separated. They were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but did not make the cut for 2012.
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    Nancy Wilson, left, and Ann Wilson of Heart perform at the Oakland Coliseum in 1977 in California. The band's hit singles included "Magic Man," "Crazy on You" and "Barracuda." Though the band will not be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, it has released six Top 10 albums and 20 Top 40 singles.
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