The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its class of 2010 inductees, with ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies and The Stooges making the cut among performing artists.
The Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers goes to all-around mogul David Geffen, and songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell.
The induction ceremony is to take place March 15 at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria and air live on the Fuse cable network, part of a three-year deal between the RRHOF Foundation and MSG Entertainment’s Fuse.
“We are very happy to present this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as they represent a great cross-section of artists that define the broad spectrum and history of rock and roll and people that have contributed immeasurably to our business,” said RRHOF Foundation President/CEO Joel Peresman in a statement.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after their first recording is released.
The annual announcement of inductees has become almost as notable for the predictable onslaught of complaints about who was passed over as it is about who gains entry. Rock notables such as Chubby Checker, KISS, Neil Diamond and Rush have yet to join the club.
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