U2, Grandmaster Flash, Randy Newman and the O'Jays lead the nominees for the 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class. They are joined on the ballot by the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, Wanda Jackson,

U2, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Randy Newman and the O'Jays are among the nominees for the 2005 induction class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are joined on the ballot by the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, Wanda Jackson, the J. Geils Band, Conway Twitty and Percy Sledge.

The Sex Pistols, the Stooges, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the late Gram Parsons were previously nominated but remain on this year's ballot.

Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first recording. A Foundation committee nominates eligible artists, who are then voted on by an international body of about 700 music experts. Results will be announced in December, with the induction to take place next spring.

The 2004 induction class featured Prince, Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne and the late George Harrison, among others.