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Two seminal dance acts among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Each year, the music industry gathers to honour the legacy of exemplary acts with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No longer an honour reserved for guitar bands, in 2014 the diverse group of inductees into the hallowed institution included Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Randy Newman, Heart and more.

Ahead of the official ceremony in April of next year, the nominees for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. As dance music continues to approach its zenith, it’s only fitting that two seminal dance acts have been chosen for the Hall’s consideration.

Dance luminaries Kraftwerk are the first electronic group nominated this year. The German pioneers have over four decades of influence, having started out in 1970, delivering a ten-strong serving of groundbreaking albums, from the eponymous Kraftwerk to the Tour de France Soundtracks. This year, Kraftwerk also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award alongside music icons The Beatles and the Isley Brothers.

Also nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is Chic, the funk and disco outfit fronted by legendary guitarist Nile Rodgers. Purveyors of old school classics such as Le Freak and I Want Your Love, the band’s influence reached beyond the realms of disco and into rap, rock and, of course, dance music. Rodgers has been getting more involved with the contemporary dance culture, working with marquee acts such as Disclosure, Avicii, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk (we’re still waiting on that Carl Cox collaboration, by the way…).

Kraftwerk and Chic join other nominees Green Day, NWA, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths and more. Check the full list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees on the official website.