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Run-DMC, Metallica lead Rock Hall inductees. Snubs?


, 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

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Don't really care about this year's inductees. If Rock-n-Roll can be stretched to include rap and pop, it certainly should include dance/disco - which was the dominate form of music in the late 70s/early 80s. With that said - Donna Summers & Chic deserve to be in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. Both acts represent the music of a specific period of time & the best of the music from that time. Donna Summers even won a grammy for best rock female (plus several others) - so come on... get over the hate for disco & embrace the music & era (it really wasn't all that bad)

The Rock Hall of Fame is such a joke. The only reason I bothered to read this story was to see who they snubbed. 'cause if they were left out then they are probably worth listening to...

Still no love for the Zombies, the Hollies, the Small Faces (or the Faces), not even SRV, Deep Purple or Rush? And Nicky Hopkins is still not recognized in the Sideman category, for his great playing with the Stones, the Beatles, the Who, etc? Bah. No wonder no one cares about this pretentious institution that doesn't seem to know much about real rock 'n' roll.

I agree with Cap'n Beefheart!

My most overlooked - Los Lobos!!!!

Do yourselves a favor and check them out - 33 years strong and still evolving. Virtuoso musicians and the best songwriters!!!

What the hell is up with Rush NOT getting the nod AGAIN this year?! They have been steadily cranking out music for well over 30+ years, and, according to statistics, as a group, Rush possesses 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. According to the RIAA, Rush's sales statistics place them FOURTH behind The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith for the most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band! How's that for constancy? After those nonminations, who can take the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as anything but some kind of demented or warped joke?
As John Tate previously said, very well, I might add, "The Rock Hall of Fame is such a joke. The only reason I bothered to read this story was to see who they snubbed. 'cause if they were left out then they are probably worth listening to... Amen!!

Jeff Beck indisputably merits his Induction. The peerless and inimitable guitar virtuoso is revered by Clapton, Gilmour, Page, May, Vai, Satraini, Lukather, Scholz and Les Paul. Beck masters blues, jazz fusion, metal, psychedelic and tecno musical genres. He's also an animal loving vegetarian and a hot rod builder and mechanic. Still vintage in concert at age 64.

How in the world can an organization who claims to be knowledgeable about rock and roll still not have the Moody Blues inducted? They have to be one of the greatest rock bands of all time. They have lasted longer and had more influence on rock and roll than a lot of the so called rock and roll inductees. Rap is NOT rock and roll. They should change their name to Music Hall of Fame. It too bad they don't let some of us rock fans who have listened to rock and roll for the last 50 plus years nominate the inductees and let us have some say as to who really belongs in a true rock and roll hall of fame.

I have wanted to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but as long as The Moody Blues continue to be snubbed, I will do the same for the Hall of Fame.


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