In a fine showing for the rock world's guitar-shredding divas, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released the names of 2012 nominees this morning, which include arena rocker Joan Jett, sister group Heart and funk group Rufus with Chaka Khan--all first-time nominees.

Other less-than-expected first-time picks include hip-hop pioneers Eric B. & Rakim and post-punk goths The Cure who join The Small Faces/The Faces, Guns 'N Roses and Freddie King and the Spinners. Giving a nod to the 2012 class of lady rockers, the Associated Press notes:

The leather-clad and tough-as-nails Jett was an early icon for women. A founding member of the all-female The Runaways, she went on to become a chart-topping success after forming the Blackhearts in 1982.

Heart similarly made an indelible mark on the rock scene of the 1970s and ‘80s. Among the first women to front an aggressive rock band, singer Ann Wilson and her sister, guitarist Nancy Wilson, cut some of the era’s most memorable songs, from “Barracuda” to “Magic Man,” and inspired a generation of women along the way.

The 2012 inductees won't be announced until late November or December. But the way this typically works is the winning inductees, whether or not all their band-mates remain alive, stage a reunion tour that may or may not blow up in their face. Prime target: Guns N' Roses, as Cleveland's Plain Dealer notes:

If Guns N' Roses receive enough votes to get in, it could set the stage for a historic reunion -- or a train wreck of rock 'n' roll egos.

The group has been through numerous lineup changes, with frontman Axl Rose as the sole mainstay. Over the years, relations between Rose and some ex-bandmates have ranged from tense to toxic.

It's unclear which members would be enshrined if Guns N' Roses were inducted.

That would be awkward. See the complete list of nominees below:

  • Beastie Boys
  • The Cure
  • Donovan
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • Guns 'N Roses
  • Heart
  • Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
  • Freddie King
  • Laura Nyro
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Rufus with Chaka Khan
  • The Small Faces/The Faces
  • The Spinners
  • Donna Summer
  • War