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Hometown Heroes On Rock Hall Of Fame Ballot

Of the Oakland Press

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A pair of home town rock heroes are on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2010.

The legendary Ann Arbor group Iggy Pop and the Stooges is nominated for induction yet again, while Detroit-born drummer Chad Smith is up with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are being considered in their first year of eligibility. Artists are eligible 25 years after their first single or album.

Smith said that "it's a real honor to be nominated in our first year of eligibility. Obviously the Hall of Fame has excellent musical taste."

Also on the ballot are first-timers KISS -- which performs Friday and Saturday (Sept. 25-26) at Cobo Arena -- Genesis, the Hollies, LL Cool J and Jimmy Cliff, along with returning candidates ABBA, the Chantels, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro and Donna Summer.

Five of the 12 nominees will be chosen for induction from ballots cast by more than 500 music industry voters. An announcement of the inductees is expected in January, and the Hall's 25th Annual Induction Ceremony will take place March 15 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City.

Broadcast plans for the ceremony have not yet been announced.

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