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Metallica, Run-D.M.C. Lead Rock Hall Inductees


January 14, 2009 02:16 PM ET

Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


Metallica, Run-D.M.C., Jeff Beck, Little Anthony and the Imperials and Bobby Womack will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during an April 4 ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall.


Run-D.M.C. becomes just the second rap act named to the Hall, following Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 2006. Surviving members Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels will perform at the event for the first time since the 2002 murder of group member Jam Master Jay.


Beck was originally inducted into the Rock Hall in 1992 with the Yardbirds; the 2009 nod is in recognition of his solo career.


Additional 2009 inductees include rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson in the early influence category, as well as and pianist Dewey Lyndon "Spooner" Oldham and Elvis Presley bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana in the sideman category.

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>Elvis Presley bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana in the sideman category.


They're excluding Scotty Moore?

No, they're just catching up. Moore's been in since 2000 (the first year for the sidemen category).

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They are the Kings of Rock, there are none higher. Sucker MCs should call them sire.

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It's in Cleveland due to the fact that is where Alan Freed started out:


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created April 20, 1983. However, it had no home. The search committee considered several cities, including Memphis (home of Sun Studios and Stax Records), Cincinnati (home of King Records), New York, and Cleveland. Cleveland lobbied hard to be chosen, citing that one-time Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed is widely credited with promoting the new genre (and the term) of "rock and roll", and that Cleveland was the location of the first rock and roll concert. Civic leaders in Cleveland pledged $65 million in public money to fund the construction. A petition drive was signed by 600,000 fans favoring Cleveland over Memphis, and a USA Today poll which Cleveland won by 100,000 votes. The hall of fame board voted to build the museum in Cleveland.




Although there is some debate among music fans over why Cleveland ended up being chosen, most industry professionals agreed that it is because the city offered the best financial package. As Plain Dealer music critic Michael Norman noted, "It wasn't Alan Freed. It was $65 million... Cleveland wanted it here and put up the money.
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