Madonna, Chic and Afrika Bambaataa also nominated

[b]Leonard Cohen[/b] and [b]The Beastie Boys[/b] are among the artists nominated for entry into the [b]US Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame[/b] this year.

[b]Madonna[/b], [b]Chic[/b] and [b]John Mellencamp[/b] are also among the nominees, of which five will be chosen by over 600 music experts.

Artists are eligible for entry 25 years after their first recording. Musicians who entered the [b]Hall Of Fame[/b] last year were [b]REM[/b], [b]Grandmaster Flash[/b], [b]Van Halen[/b], [b]The Ronettes[/b] and [b]Patti Smith[/b].

The nominees include:[b]

Leonard Cohen

The Beastie Boys

Donna Summer

Madonna

John Mellencamp

Chic

The Dave Clark Five

Afrika Bambaataa

The Ventures[/b]

The ceremony takes place in New York on March 10, 2008.