Cliff is known for hit singles The Harder They Come, You Can Get It If You Really Want, I Can See Clearly Now and many others.
He joins Missy Elliott who is the first female rapper to be nominated.
Elliot is an award winning rapper, songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyoncé and Whitney Houston.
If selected for the prestigious prize, she would become the third rapper to enter the organisation following recent inductees Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.
One of R&B's greatest voices Mariah Carey has also been nominated.