By Susan Sliwicki
It's that time of year again: Goldmine gets to cast its official vote with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the next year's inductees.
So who should get Goldmine's endorsement this year? That, dear voters, is all up to you. While we can't promise that Goldmine's picks will be the same as the artists who make the Rock Hall's cut for induction, we can promise that our vote will be based solely on what you, the fans, feel is right. Goldmine is one of roughly 600 final voters to receive ballots.
In a recent online poll, we asked voters to share which five of the 15 nominated acts they felt most deserved to be inducted in 2011. Now, we're going to hold a "run-off" vote, which narrows the field to the Top 10 vote-getters from Round One. (Voters can pick up to three acts in this round of voting.)
Here are the candidates who remain in Goldmine's vote-off: Donovan, Donna Summer, Freddie King, Guns N' Roses, Heart, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces/The Faces, The Spinners and War. Be sure to cast your vote on the poll shown on this page!
We'll also be featuring brief biographies of all 15 of this year's field of nominees, courtesy of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so be sure to watch for those, too.