THE LATE US rapper Tupac Shakur is among 19 musicians nominated on Tuesday for induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Tupac was killed at age 25 in an unsolved 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.
The Harlem-born rapper, who addressed social inequity and the struggles of African Americans, is regarded as one of the most influential voices in hip-hop, whose story has inspired documentaries, movies and a Broadway Musical.
His nomination reflects the growing acceptance of rap as a force in mainstream music and follows the Hall of Fame induction in 2016 of the California rappers NWA as only the fifth hip-hop act ever to be voted in.
Artists must have released their first recording at least 25 years ago to be eligible for nomination. The names of the 2017 inductees will be announced in December once voting is complete.
As of 2007, Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits are among the best selling albums in the United States.
He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone which ranked him 86th on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers ever, as well as one of the most influential rappers of all time.