Now Donna has received a posthumous nomination for entry into the Hall next year.
It is the sixth time the singer, who was 63 when she lost her battle with cancer, has been shortlisted for the honour.
Also among the 15 nominees are Deep Purple, Rush, Randy Newman, Kraftwerk, Procol Harum and Public Enemy.
More than 600 music industry personnel will vote to select the inductees, who will be announced in December.
To be eligible, acts must have released their first single or album no later than 1987.
Other acts shortlisted this year include the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Albert King, NWA and the Marvelettes.
Rockers Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Heart also return after being nominated last year.
For the first time, the public will get to vote alongside the music professionals.
Votes cast on the Rolling Stone Web site will result in a top five list. That selection will count as one of the more than 600 ballots that select the class of 2013.
"This year we again proudly put forth a fantastic array of groups and artists that span the entire genre that is rock and roll," said Joel Peresman, president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.
"The definition of rock and roll means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music."
An induction ceremony will be held in Los Angeles in April.
Last year, Elton campaigned successfully to get Leon Russell inducted.