N.W.A, metal band Deep Purple to join Rock Hall of Fame
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[December 17, 2015]
NEW YORK (Reuters) -
California rap group N.W.A., British metal band Deep
Purple and rock-pop group Chicago are among the
musicians chosen to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 2016, organizers announced on Thursday.
Singer Steve Miller, who crosses multiple genres from blues
to pop, and 1970s rock band Cheap Trick will round out the five
2016 inductees, which were chosen by fans and more than 800
voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.
Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Cleveland, Ohio-based
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their
Pop singer Janet Jackson, English progressive rock band Yes and
Britain's The Smiths were among those on the short list but who
failed to make the cut this time.
N.W.A., formed by five rappers including Dr Dre and Eazy-E in
the troubled Compton neighborhood of Los Angeles, revolutionized
the music scene in the mid 1980s with lyrics drawn from the
violence, crime and anti-police sentiments that the rappers
themselves experienced growing up.
They went on to sell more than 100 million albums and their
story was chronicled in this summer's hit movie "Straight Outta
Compton," which has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild
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Deep Purple, formed in England in 1968, are regarded as heavy metal
pioneers thanks to their ear-splitting live shows, ground-breaking
albums and flagship track "Smoke On The Water."
Cheap Trick "display a musical consistency over almost 40 years,"
Hall of Fame organizers said in a statement, while Miller, 72, has
moved from blues to pop and back again, producing classic hits like
"Fly Like an Eagle" and "Take the Money and Run."
Chicago, who broke onto the music scene in the late 1960s, fused
jazz and rock to produce hits like "25 or 6 to 4" and the romantic
ballad "If You Leave Me Now."
The 2016 induction ceremony will be held in New York on April 8, and
broadcast later in the year on cable channel HBO.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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