The Meters among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

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New Orleans funk fore-bearers The Meters are among nominees for the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Other nominees this year include songwriter Randy Newman; bluesman Albert King; dance legends Donna Summer and Chic; electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk; groundbreaking rap groups N.W.A. and Public Enemy; girl group The Marvelettes; and rock icons the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett, Deep Purple, Rush, Procul Haram and Heart.

The Meters — founded in 1965 by Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter Jr. and Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, later adding Cyril Neville — gained footing as Allen Toussaint's house band and later exploded with instrumental cuts like "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py," and backed Dr. John on his landmark albums. The Hall of Fame notes that the band is "one of the true cornerstones of funk" and "is still waiting for induction" as "one of the tightest and hardest-grooving ensembles R&B has ever seen."

This year, people can vote online through December 5 for the "top five" nominees. The results will be included in a "fans' ballot" to be tallied with the official votes.

Last year, the Hall of Fame inducted New Orleans music legend Cosimo Matassa .

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