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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces nominees Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, LL Cool J, more for 2018 induction

LL Cool J performs during the Meadows Music

LL Cool J performs during the Meadows Music & Arts Festival at Citi Field in Queens on Sept. 16, 2017. Credit: Getty Images / Mike Coppola

Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, while Bay Shore native LL Cool J is on the museum’s long list for the fourth time.

Nine of the 19 acts on the Rock Hall’s long list this year, announced Thursday morning, are first-time nominees — the ’90s rockers Radiohead and Rage, jazz singer Nina Simone, gospel icon Sister Rosetta Tharpe, ’80s groundbreakers Eurythmics and Kate Bush, metal pioneers Judas Priest, and classic rockers The Moody Blues and Dire Straits.

A group of more than 900 current inductees, historians and music industry experts will vote on the nominees, choosing five to seven artists to induct into the Rock Hall. Music fans can also cast their vote for their favorites at and “The Fans’ Ballot” will be counted with the other ballots. Those chosen will be announced in December and honored at The 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland on April 14.

Perhaps this will be LL Cool J’s year. The rapper/actor, best known for monster hits like “Mama Said Knock You Out,” is already set to receive The Kennedy Center Honor, the nation’s highest recognition for performers, in December.

“LL is the Elvis of hip-hop,” Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chuck D told Newsday in August. “There is no comparison, but a lot of people don’t get the magnitude of what he accomplished in the ’80s. They think he started with ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ . . . They have no idea how many houses he has brought down.”

Chuck, whose book “Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History” hits stores on Tuesday, said he thought LL should have been inducted into the Rock Hall before Tupac Shakur, who was honored this year.

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