NWA, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Steve Miller and Deep Purple get into the Rock and …

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NWA and Deep Purple among 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees as Chic and the Smiths are snubbed.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2016 inductees Thursday morning. Longlist nominees Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, the Cars, Chaka Khan, Chic, the JB’s, Los Lobos, the Spinners, and Yes didn’t make the cut this year. Dre and Ice Cube, was elected after three unsuccessful nominations in a year when a movie about their career, “Straight Outta Compton,” was a box office hit. Their hard-core tales of life on the street on songs like “F— the Police” made them a provocative chart presence in the late 1980s and influenced an empire of other acts.

It means that the group’s mark is kind of solidified. “It’s all legitimised in a way because the whole music industry has to honor the group in a way… I think the movie helped to get people to remember that.” The fresh Hall of Famers will be honored at the annual induction ceremony on April 8 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and HBO will film the event for future broadcast.

Guitarist Miller came out of the San Francisco rock scene and became a dependable maker of pop hits like “Take the Money and Run,” ”Fly Like an Eagle,” ”Jet Airliner” and “Jungle Love.” Midwestern favorites Cheap Trick succeeded with a highly-amped version of Beatles-influenced melodies on hits “Surrender” and “Dream Police.” Their “Live at Budokan” album is one of rock’s best-known live sets. He told Billboard magazine: “I’m stunned by the news and baffled at how it works and had given up thinking about it, so it was a very pleasant surprise,” Miller, who’s getting into the Rock Hall after his first time on the ballot.

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