Grandmaster Flash cracks Rock Hall of Fame

class=img_thumbleft> For the first time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that it will induct a hip-hop artist: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Here's a complete list of the 2007 inductees announced today:

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Kid Creole, Cowboy, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Mr. Ness, Raheim) 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)

Highlights from the press release: "The five inductees will be honored at a ceremony on March 12, 2007 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Presenters and performers at the induction will be announced in February, 2007... Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first recording is released... In addition to being honored at the ceremony on March 12, 2007, each artist who is inducted is commemorated within the I.M. Pei-designed museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame displays the signature of each inductee inscribed in glass. In addition, there is an exhibit of artifacts from this year's inductees, and a multi-media film presentation with highlights from each artist's career. The exhibit on this year's inductees will open in March, 2007 and will run for one year."

A list of previous inductees at Wikipedia