LL Cool JPop-Ed: It's that time of the year again. Music's highest honor, induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is about to be handed out to the greatest artists to ever rock the planet. But upon first look, the nominees for the class of 2011 appear weak, to say the least. Every year can't be like 2006, when Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis and the Sex Pistols were inducted, and you know it's a down year when Bon Jovi and Neil Diamond look like sure things. Regardless, somebody's got to make the cut.

Last year, the inductees included names like The Stooges, ABBA and David Geffen, and the number of inductees per year ranges from as many as 11 to as little as five, so there's really no telling how many artists will pass this year's test.

The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2011 are: Alice Cooper, Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Chic, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Dr. John, J Geils Band, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, Tom Waits and Chuck Willis.