The list of first-time nominees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a mix of alt-rock superstars, a hip-hop legend, one of the most pioneering punk bands of the 1980s and a folk icon. Slain rap legend Tupac Shakur and emblematic grunge-era rockers Pearl Jam were nominated Tuesday to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in a field that also includes Depeche Mode and Joan Baez. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will announce the winners, who will eventually be enshrined in the Cleveland museum, in December. The inductees are chosen by fans and by an international body of some 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry, who are asked to consider musical influence, innovation and length and depth of career. Last year's inductees included N.W.A, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Chicago and Steve Miller.
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Of the 19 acts in the running for induction in 2017, Pearl Jam and Tupac were the only ones who were eligible this year for the first time. To be eligible, all the nominees had to have released their first recording no later than 1991.