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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016: N.W.A, Cheap Trick and more

The members of N.W.A. may not have won an Oscar for the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” but they’ll definitely be taking home some hardware at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The group is the headliner at this year’s event, which otherwise has a decidedly 1970s feel.

Here’s a look at the class of 2016.

Cheap Trick

Best known for: Inventing the idea of being
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Best known for: Inventing the idea of being "big in Japan." While the Illinois band had modest success in the U.S. early in its career, fans went absolutely nuts for the group in Japan. They recorded a live album over there, "Cheap Trick at Budokan," which ironically turned them into mega-stars back home.

Most beloved song: "I Want You to Want Me" is the most popular, but fans would probably pick "Surrender," where a kid comes to home to find Mom and Dad rocking out to his KISS records.

Biggest controversy: In 2010, original drummer Bun E. Carlos was kicked out of the band after a fight with singer Robin Zander. The two sides wound up in court before settling. As a result, Carlos remains a member of the band -- and gets paid accordingly -- but doesn't tour or record with them. They will reunite at the induction ceremony though.

Steve Miller Band

Best known for: Coining the term
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Best known for: Coining the term "the pompatus of love." No, it's not a real word.

Most beloved song: "The Joker," in all of its pompatusness.

Biggest controversy: Celebrating learning of his induction by telling the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is "an exclusive private men's club" with "an elitist nominating committee."


Best known for: Fusing jazz and rock while
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Best known for: Fusing jazz and rock while titling nearly all their albums numerically. Their latest is "Chicago XXXVI: Now."

Most beloved song: "25 or 6 to 4," which has closed their shows for many years. Keyboardist Robert Lamm has said it's about writing a song as the clock ticks closer (25 or 26 minutes) to 4 a.m. He says the title is not a drug reference, as some have speculated.

Biggest controversy: For the band, whether to continue after the death of guitarist and co-lead singer Terry Kath, who shot himself with a gun he thought was unloaded in 1978. For fans, whether to blame bassist Peter Cetera for moving the band in a soft-rock direction in the 1980s before leaving for a solo career and singing the theme for "The Karate Kid, Part II."

Deep Purple

Best known for: Creating the riff that spawned
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Best known for: Creating the riff that spawned millions of guitar lessons with "Smoke on the Water."

Most beloved song: Need we remind you of that riff, although some fans may cast a vote for the heavier "Highway Star."

Biggest controversy: As with many long-running rock bands, Deep Purple has seen plenty of controversy, including member changes, lawsuits and arguments. The most recent involves original guitarist Ritchie Blackmore saying he was banned from taking part in the induction ceremony. Singer Ian Gillan says Blackmore is welcome to attend, but the current lineup of the band wants to be the one that performs.


Best known for: To older people, they're best
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Best known for: To older people, they're best known for being one of the first gangsta rap groups, with their violent lyrics creating media hysteria in the late '80s. To younger people, they're best known for being the subject of an Oscar-nominated movie.

Most beloved song: "Straight Outta Compton," the leadoff track of their first album.

Biggest controversy: Angering law enforcement to the point where the police sometimes wouldn't provide security at N.W.A. concerts and the FBI wrote a letter criticizing them for advocating violence. Later, the band would create plenty of musical controversy when Ice Cube left the band and the two sides released several diss tracks insulting one another in graphic terms. Dr. Dre and Easy-E would later engage in a similar war of words.


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