Run-DMC, Metallica lead Rock Hall inductees. Snubs?
Run-DMC, Metallica and Jeff Beck are among the artists who will be inducted into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Run-DMC, pictured, marks only the second rap act to get Rock Hall honors, following the induction of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 2007. Meanwhile, this marks the second time famed guitarist Beck will be recognized by the Rock Hall; he was also honored as a member of English rockers the Yardbirds in 1992.
Other inductees this year include soul singer Bobby Womack and R&B group Little Anthony & the Imperials. Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson will be inducted in the "early influence" category. This year's sidemen inductees are session musician Spooner Oldham and Elvis Presley’s drummer D.J. Fontana and bassist Bill Black.
The 2009 performer inductees were chosen by the 600 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion 25 years after their first recording is released. This year's crop will be inducted in a ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall, and tickets will be available via Ticketmaster on Jan. 26. Past galas have been held in New York.
Artists nominated but overlooked included early punkers the Stooges, funk act War and disco leaders Chic. The Stooges and Chic have been snubbed in the past, and the Stooges' slight comes after the band performed at 2008's induction concert. The list of non-nominated snubs is endless, ranging from other rap pioneers such as the Beastie Boys to cult rock heroes such as Sonic Youth and the Replacements.
Artists inducted in 2008 included Madonna, John Mellencamp and Leonard Cohen.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Glen E. Friedman