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Meet the 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 nominees were announced Thursday, and it's a mixed bag of newcomers and return contenders.

Janet Jackson, Cheap Trick, The Cars and Los Lobos are among the artists making their nominee debuts. Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., Chic and The Smiths, meanwhile, were all in the running last year and nominated again.

Inductees will be determined by more than 800 artists, historians and music industry execs. Artists are eligible for consideration 25 years after releasing their first single or album.

The inductees will be announced in December, and an induction ceremony will be held in Manhattan in April.

Here, the 2016 contenders:

Chic

Chic was the dance-floor classic hitmaker -- think
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Chic was the dance-floor classic hitmaker -- think "Le Freak" and "Good Times" -- organized in 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards.

The Cars

The Cars emerged from the new wave scene
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The Cars emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s in Boston, and are responsible for the hits, "Just What I Needed" and "My Best Friend's Girl."

Nine Inch Nails

The American industrial rock band, founded in 1988
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The American industrial rock band, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, scored its biggest hit more than a decade ago with "The Day the World Went Away."

Steve Miller

Guitarist Steve Miller has released more than a
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Guitarist Steve Miller has released more than a dozen albums with his Steve Miller Band since the mid-1960s, scoring hits with seminal anthems "The Joker," "Abracadabra" and "Jet Airliner."

Yes

Yes, an English rock band formed in 1968
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Yes, an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson, first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music. Squire died in June 2015.

The Spinners

The Spinners are an American R&B vocal group
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The Spinners are an American R&B vocal group formed in 1954. They still perform their hits, most of which were released in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Smiths

The Smiths, formed in Manchester, England in 1982,
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The Smiths, formed in Manchester, England in 1982, were in the running last year, and are nominated again this year. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

N.W.A.

N.W.A., the West Coast rap group led by
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N.W.A., the West Coast rap group led by Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E, was the subject of the summer 2015 blockbuster, "Straight Outta Compton." In the running last year, the group is nominated again this year.

Chicago

Formed in 1967 in -- you guessed it
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Formed in 1967 in -- you guessed it -- Chicago, the self-described "rock and roll band with horns" began as a politically charged, experimental rock band. But very soon, their sound was universally accepted.

Los Lobos

Los Lobos (Spanish for
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Los Lobos (Spanish for "The Wolves"), a Grammy Award-winning rock band from East Los Angeles, gained international stardom in 1987 when their cover version of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" topped the charts.

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan is the Queen of Funk, with
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Chaka Khan is the Queen of Funk, with 10 Grammy Awards under her belt. Enough said.

The J.B.'s

The J.B.'s were the legendary supporting cast of
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The J.B.'s were the legendary supporting cast of musicians behind James Brown, earning a well-deserved reputation as the tightest, best-drilled instrumental ensemble in all of funk.

Deep Purple

Deep Purple was a pioneer in the heavy
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Deep Purple was a pioneer in the heavy metal genre, landing on the radar after covers of "Hush" and "Kentucky Woman." Later, their hits, "Smoke on the Water" and "Woman From Tokyo" continued to expand their fan base.

Cheap Trick

For four decades, the power-pop pioneers have been
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For four decades, the power-pop pioneers have been rocking it out across the globe. But the group's success wasn't immediate: They first found success in Japan before becoming a hit in the United States.

Janet Jackson

The youngest of the Jackson family, first-time nominee
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The youngest of the Jackson family, first-time nominee Janet Jackson is a pop-dance icon whose new album, "Unbreakable," is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts in mid-October 2015.

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