Rap royalty Public Enemy and N.W.A. are amongst the nominees that could make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2013 Class.

The pioneering rap groups made the ballot in their first year of eligibility. If they are inducted on April 18 live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, they’ll join the rap likes of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys in the Hall of Fame.

"The definition of 'rock & roll' means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music," said Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, as reported by Rolling Stone. "This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is 'rock & roll.'"

For the first time in history of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the public will have a chance to vote online alongside artists, historians and industry insiders.