Rock band Metallica, the Stooges and 1980s rap act Run DMC have been nominated for induction into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Guitarist Jeff Beck, singer Wanda Jackson and disco group Chic are also in the running.
The five leading nominees will enter the hall, which is based in Cleveland, Ohio, in April 2009.
Artists can be considered for the honour 25 years after their first recording.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were the first rap act to be inducted into the Rock Hall in 2007.
Run DMC now have the chance to follow, on the strength its back catalogue of rock and rap mixes such as the 1986 cover of Aerosmith's Walk This Way.
"It truly shows it's never a closed door for any artist to be nominated," said Rock Hall foundation chief Joel Peresman.
Madonna, John Mellencamp, The Ventures, Leonard Cohen and The Dave Clark Five were last year's inductees.
More than 500 musicians, journalists and industry professionals vote on the induction.