This year, nods go to eight first-time nominees including new wave band The Cars, soft-rock group Chicago and the Tex-Mex influenced Los Lobos. Cheap Trick and Steve Miller are also under consideration for the first time.
Meanwhile, disco-funk band Chic scores a 10th nod, setting a record for nominations without an induction and making them the Susan Lucci of rock enshrinement.
Solo performers on the list include Funk legend Chaka Khan and Janet Jackson.
The (2016) list ... seems to pay heed in some manner to the hue and cry of fans over the exclusion of vintage bands from what many see as the golden age of rock 'n' roll. The groundbreaking prog-rock band Yes, for example, has been eligible for enshrinement since 1994, yet has only one nomination on its resume.
Yes makes this year's cut, as does Deep Purple, formed in 1968 and perhaps best known for their 1972 garage band staple, "Smoke on the Water."