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 Pr

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.

Rap pioneers Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five are the first representatives of hip-hop and rap to be nominated.

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.