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Rock Hall Class of 2016 gives a nod to classic rock
Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Miller and N.W.A. will be inducted next year
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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The Rock Hall Class of 2016 includes several long-eligible acts.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2016, and it includes a number of classic rock acts who've been eligible for induction for decades. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
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Chicago will see two hometown acts inducted next year as Chicago and hard rockers Cheap Trick each made the cut on their first time on the ballot. However, they've each been eligible for the Rock Hall for over a decade; acts can be considered 25 years after the release of their first record.

The same goes for Steve Miller, who started out as a bluesman and eventually achieved pop stardom with hits like "The Joker” and "Fly Like and Eagle" and Deep Purple, the British band who defined hard rock in the early 1970s.

The fifth act being inducted next year is N.W.A., the groundbreaking hip hop group who received renewed attention this year following the release of a biopic, “Straight Outta Compton." All five acts will be inducted April 8 in New York City.
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