Four ASCAP legends will be among the 2013 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At a December 11th press conference at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea officially announced next year's class. It included the following ASCAP luminaries:
Heart [ASCAP Founders Award honorees]
Randy Newman [Keynote speaker at the 2007 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO]
Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award
Quincy Jones [ASCAP Founders Award honoree]
These four inductees hail from diverse stylistic backgrounds, from hard rock to R&B, disco to jazz, pop to film music. As Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said, this year's class "represents the broad, compelling and significant definition of rock and roll." It's also a reminder of the breadth and enduring legacy of ASCAP's family of music creators.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performer inductees were chosen by more than 500 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. For the first time in its history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame offered fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process for the 2013 inductees.
Scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013, the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be open to the public, and will broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18th at 9pm ET/PT.
Read more about the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees at rockhall.com/inductees.