The groups will be joined by singer Steve Miller and another 70s rock band Cheap Trick on the final list of inductees for 2016 - beating the likes of Janet Jackson and The Smiths, who failed to make the final cut.
N.W.A., formed by five rappers including Dr Dre and Ice Cube in the troubled Compton neighborhood of Los Angeles, was finally selected after three unsuccessful nominations, with the accolade coming the same year as the band's story was made into a successful film.
Leaders in the music industry joined together in 1983 to establish the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. One of the Foundation’s many functions is to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll by inducting them into the Hall of Fame.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.
The Foundation's nominating committee selects nominees each year in the Performer category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Those performers who receive the highest number of votes are inducted. The Foundation generally inducts five to seven performers each year.
Beginning in 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened Nominee voting to fans around the world. The Top Five Nominees as voted by the fans count for one ballot entry, which is weighted the same as individual ballot entries submitted by members of the international voting body.
Results for 'VOTING HAS CLOSED!: 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee Fan Vote!'
- Chicago 23.41% (37666987 votes)
- Yes 16.20% (26062494 votes)
- The Cars 16.14% (25973035 votes)
- Deep Purple 15.87% (25540430 votes)
- Steve Miller 15.85% (25507102 votes)
- Janet Jackson 5.88% (9461890 votes)
- Cheap Trick 1.45% (2336606 votes)
- The Spinners 1.28% (2066745 votes)
- Chaka Khan 1.16% (1858917 votes)
- Chic 0.84% (1348330 votes)
- The J.B.'s 0.59% (949883 votes)
- N.W.A 0.42% (673866 votes)
- Nine Inch Nails 0.35% (564007 votes)
- The Smiths 0.30% (490088 votes)
- Los Lobos 0.25% (404768 votes)
Upcoming artist and bands that may be next...
4 Non Blondes, Ace of Base, Anathema, Annie Lennox, Arc Angels, Arrested Development, Beck, Black 47, Blind Melon, Body Count, The Bottle Rockets, Brian McKnight, Buckethead, Buju Banton, Common, Cracker, David Gray, Dixie Chicks, Dr. Dre, Eva Cassidy, Fear Factory, Free Kitten, The Gathering, The Heights, Hootie & The Blowfish, House of Pain, Insane Clown Posse, Jade, Jamiroquai, Jeremy Jordan, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Juliana Hatfield, Kris Kross, Lagwagon, Lambchop, Lifetime, Luna, Martha Wash, Mary J. Blige, Morphine, Moxy Früvous, No Doubt, The Pharcyde, Pragha Khan, Praxis, R. Kelly, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Red House Painters, Reverend Horton Heat, Shadow Gallery, Shawn Mullins, Sophie B. Hawkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime, Suede, Sugar, The Supersuckers, SWV, Tasmin Archer, Tim McGraw, TLC, Tool, Vanessa Daou, Vertical Horizon, The Verve, The Verve Pipe, Wallflowers
Adam Sandler, AFI, Aimee Mann, The Apples in Stereo, BLACKstreet, Blink-182, Bouncing Souls, Brad, Brainiac, Built To Spill, Candlebox, Cap'n Jazz, Clay Walker, Clutch, Collective Soul, Coolio, Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Deep Blue Something, Digable Planets, DJ Shadow, DMX, Elastica, Everclear, Faith Hill, The Fireman, The Folk Implosion, Frank Black, Fuzzy, Grant Lee Buffalo, Haddaway, Hater, Joey Lawrence, Jordy, Joshua Kadison, Kenny Chesney, Life of Agony, Liz Phair, Marc Anthony, MK Ultra, The New Power Generation, Orphaned Land, Palace Brothers, Pigeonhed, Point of Grace, Porno For Pyros, The Quakes, Quasi, Raekwon, Rancid, Refused, The Roots, Semisonic, Shania Twain, Shellac, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, Snow, Starflyer 59, Threshold, Tindersticks, Toni Braxton, Wu-Tang Clan, Xscape, Zhané