Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Selects 2012 Inductees

Posted on January 11, 2013 by

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People flock to The Rock &Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, every year to see the latest rock memorabilia and newest inductees.

This year is no different.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1995, but its first inductee was inducted in January of 1986.  There are now 279 inductees.

Each band that is inducted must meet requirements on a series of criteria. An artist is only eligible twenty-five years after his or her first album, and then he or she must be influential and significant to the history and development of rock and roll.

After the Rock & Roll Foundation committee decides whom they wish to nominate, ballots are sent out to over six hundred artists, historians, and members of the music industry; the performers who receive over 50% of the votes wins.

Each year, the Rock & Roll Foundation inducts around five to seven new performers. This year’s inductees, inducted on 11 December, 2012, are Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, Donna Summer, Lou Alder, and Quincy Jones.

Rush is a Canadian rock band who formed in the early seventies.  With 34 CDs, they have the largest following of any other rock band, selling-out entire stadiums every time they tour.

Some of their best known songs are “Tom Sawyer,” “2112,” and “The Spirit of the Radio.”

Randy Newman is a six-time Grammy winner, two-time Oscar winner, three-time Emmy winner, and a whole lot more.

Newman is known for his pop music and his film scores, among which are the first few Pixar films ever released.

Heart is hard rock band that pioneered rock music with their two female lead singers, inspiring women to pick up and learn the electric guitar.

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