Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Rush, Heart, Randy Newman and blues guitarist Albert King are all set to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The artists were announced as the 2013 inductees at a ceremony earlier today (December 11) in Los Angeles, which was hosted by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Donna Summer‘s induction is posthumous, as the disco star passed away earlier this year.
Flea told the audience at the Nokia Theater – which is where the official ceremony will be held next year: “I love halls of fame. I love to pay homage to people who work in the arts, academics or sports. If these people feel as remotely as honoured as I did, it’s a beautiful thing.”
The 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on April 18, 2013 at the downtown Los Angeles venue. This will be the first time the ceremony has been held in Los Angeles since 1993.
“It’s not an achievement for Public Enemy per se as much as I think it’s an achievement for hip-hop and rap music to be legitimised. Us going in is a win for our peers like Kurtis Blow or KRS-One, Queen Latifah. Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5, they’re our peers, and I feel thankful we’re joining that list, but also we look to shine the light on so many others and tell them that this is their induction, too.”
Also, speaking to Billboard, Ann Wilson of Heart said: “That kind of acknowledgement is just amazing. We’re out there working so hard, and at times it can really feel like a tree falling in the forest that nobody knows about. So it’s awesome. I am amazed I’m still trying to take it in.”