N.W.A. had been nominated for the prior three years (artists become eligible 25 years after their debut, and the album Straight Outta Compton was released in 1988), but their biopic brought them renewed attention in 2015. N.W.A. is obviously not a rock band, but their music changed the culture by bringing hyper-real gangsta rap to the masses.
Ice Cube, one of N.W.A.'s founding members, views the Hall of Fame induction as a recognition of how much impact the group had. "It means that the group's mark is kind of solidified," he told Rolling Stone. "It's all legitimized in a way because the whole music industry has to honor the group in a way."
Chicago won the public fan vote, earning almost 38 million votes.
The 2016 nominees included Janet Jackson, The Smiths, The Cars, Chic, James Brown's backing band The J.B.'s, Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, Nine Inch Nails, The Spinners and Yes.
The induction ceremony will take place April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and will be filmed by HBO for broadcast at a later date.