The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced the nominees for its class of 2013. As always, a vast array of artists from not only the rock world, but from the realms of blues, rap, pop and various other genres, have been nominated, with potential frontrunners including Deep Purple, Rush, Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Rock music had an extremely strong year at the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, with Guns N' Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers clinching hall of fame immortality, along with crossover hip hop legends Beastie Boys. The ceremony hit its high point with an unlikely and highly sought after live performance by many former members of Guns N' Roses, including Slash, Steven Adler, Duff McKagan and more.

How will 2013 shape up? Lets check out the nominees. When it comes to legendary and influential rock bands, Deep Purple sit on top of the mountain. Many music lovers will undoubtedly be pulling for the group, as they will for prog masters Rush. Meanwhile, Joan Jett is certainly a female rock icon, while Heart make a strong case for induction, as well. And let's not forget the highly influential electronic act Kraftwerk and hip-hop revolutionaries Public Enemy.

Check out the full list of 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees below.

2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees:

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Deep Purple
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Albert King
The Marvelettes
The Meters
Randy Newman
Procol Harum
Public Enemy
Donna Summer