Metallica, Run-DMC and Jeff Beck lead the group of artists that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2009. Other members of the class include Sixties soul singer Bobby Womack and 1950s R&B vocal group Little Anthony and the Imperials.
Run-DMC are the second rap/hip hop group to be into the Hall of Fame, two years after pioneers Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five were selected for induction. The group's performance at the April 4th induction ceremony in Cleveland will be their first since founding member Jam Master Jay was murdered seven years ago in New York.
Metallica, who inducted Black Sabbath into the Hall three years ago, are one of the few metal bands to get the Hall nod.
Jeff Beck is joining an elite group of artists that have entered the Hall of Fame more than once The guitarist was first inducted in 1992 as a member of the Yardbirds, and now 17 years later he'll be honored for his solo career.
Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson is being inducted as an early influence, and three sidemen will also enter the Hall of Fame: Elvis Presley's bassist Bill Black and his drummer D.J. Fontana, as well as Dewey Lyndon "Spooner" Oldham, who has played piano with everyone from Neil Young to Aretha Franklin.
The April ceremony will be broadcast on FuseTV and the event will be held at Cleveland's Public Hall.