Van Halen, R.E.M. among Rock hall of fame entrants
Moldova.ORG -- Rock band Van Halen was named on Monday to the next roster of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an accolade that paves the way for an awkward reunion of the group's warring members, according Reuters.
Rock band R.E.M., pioneering rappers Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, punk poet Patti Smith and 1960s girl group the Ronettes also made the cut, organizers said.
They will be honored at a black-tie ceremony in New York on March 12, the main fund-raiser for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Inductees are chosen by music industry insiders from a short-list of acts who become eligible for consideration 25 years after their first recording.
The group emerged from the college rock scene in Athens, Georgia, to enjoy mainstream success with songs such as "Losing My Religion" and "The One I Love," but it has largely ignored the trappings of the music business.