This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced and among the possible inductees for 2012 are Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more.

Many may have a hard time believing it's been long enough for RHCP and GN'R to make the cut, but as the rules stand now you are eligible if your first single or album was released in 1986 or earlier. Guns N' Roses landmark debut album, 'Appetite for Destruction', wasn't released until 1987, but Geffen Records released  'Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide' to spark interest prior to the band's first record.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers may not have gone mainstream until 1991's 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik', but their self-titled debut was released in 1984.

According to Rolling Stone, The President and CEO of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Joel Peresman, said the following of this year's nominees for induction:

"The 2012 Nominees embody the broad scope of what ‘rock & roll’ means. From vocal groups to hip-hop, from singer-songwriters to hard rocking artists, this group represents the spirit of what we celebrate at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

The complete list of 2012 nominees are as follows:

  • Guns N' Roses
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Heart
  • Beastie Boys
  • The Cure
  • War
  • Donovan
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
  • Freddie King
  • Laura Nyro
  • Rufus with Chaka Kahn
  • The Small Face/The Faces
  • The Spinners
  • Donna Summer

For a list that sometimes reads like a who's who of rock music (as in, "Who are these guys?"), it looks as if the Hall of Fame included a lot of acts that many would consider long overdue. The thing we're interested to see is -- if GN'R does in fact get inducted, who will show up? Bands like Led Zeppelin and Cream have buried the hatchet in years past to accept their induction, but it seems unlikely that Axl and Slash would do the same. We will find out for certain on April 14th when the induction ceremony is held.