January 04, 1999 12:00 AM

Eric Clapton, Aerosmith and Queen head up the short list of nominees for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2000. To qualify, performers must have released their debut albums at least 25 years ago. Also on the ballot: Black Sabbath; Solomon Burke; Earth, Wind & Fire; the O’Jays; the Moonglows; Lovin’ Spoonful; Bonnie Raitt; Lou Reed; Steely Dan; James Taylor and Ritchie Valens. (Black Sabbath, Steely Dan, the Moonglows, Valens and Burke were nominated last year but did not make the final cut.) Inductees are generally announced in the fall for a January ceremony. This year’s honorees were Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Curtis Mayfield, Paul McCartney, the Staple Singers, Charles Brown and Dusty Springfield.

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