Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) by Tony Stack
The new class of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees was announced today, with a ceremony set for March 12 at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The Rock Hall Foundation’s President and C.E.O., Joel Peresman, in a statement, said, “We couldn’t be more proud to honor this unique, diverse group of rockers, rappers, singers and poets. This is what rock and roll is all about.”

Selected by the 600 voters of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Foundation the five new inductees include:

  • R.E.M. (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe)
  • The Ronettes (Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector, Nedra Talley)
  • Patti Smith
  • Van Halen (Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth)
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Kid Creole, Cowboy, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Mr. Ness, Raheim)

    Inductees became eligible for the Hall 25 years after their first recording was released, and in addition to the ceremony they will be the focus of a multi-media career overview to go on exhibit in March at Cleveland’s Rock Hall Museum.