At a press conference Tuesday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist and 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Flea announced the list of performer inductees and Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients for induction. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2013:
· Albert King
· Randy Newman
· Public Enemy
· Donna Summer
Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award:
· Lou Adler
· Quincy Jones
Scheduled for Thursday, April 18, the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. This marks the first time since 1993 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be on the West Coast. The ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was in 2009 and 2012 in Cleveland.
“We are thrilled to announce this year’s class of inductees, which again represents the broad, compelling and significant definition of rock and roll,” said Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, in a news release.
According to the Associated Press, the ceremony will mark the end of a long wait for fans of five of those six acts, who’ve been eligible for entry for some time. Rap group Public Enemy was inducted on its first ballot appearance.
Summer, who passed away at age 63 in May, will be inducted posthumously after six years as a nominee. King, a deep influence on Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn who died in 1992, now takes his place alongside all the other legendary blues guitarists in the hall, reports the AP.
Progressive rock band Rush gained entry on its first appearance on the ballot, but the Canadian trio became eligible in 1998 and was repeatedly left off the list. Heart waited a decade to make it on the ballot, gaining entry during its second appearance. And Jones, 79, is a bona fide entertainment icon who has made a significant impact on rock ‘n’ roll history, and he was even Ray Charles’ presenter during the soul singer’s induction at the inaugural 1986 ceremony.
Here is the inductee announcement, plus performances by the 2013 class: