Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones and More Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

For music artists, there aren’t many accolades more respected or desired than being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Over the years, the honor has become something possible for artists of all genres to attain, and the 2013 list of inductees only furthers that. Today, news broke about who would be a part of next year’s class, and among the group is the fourth hip-hop act to ever be inducted. Rightfully holding the spot will be Public Enemy, who will join the Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C. and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five as the hip-hop Hall of Fame ambassadors. The other performers to be inducted are the late, beloved ‘Queen of Disco’, Donna Summer; singer-songwriter and film score pioneer Randy Newman; famed ’70s/’80s rock bands Heart and Rush; and late blues singer and guitarist Albert King. In addition, 27-time Grammy award-winning producer Quincy Jones and producer, record executive and businessman Lou Adler will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement. While the group includes some very deserving names as always, this year’s induction process was like no other. According to Rolling Stone, “The public was allowed to vote for the first time in the history of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Votes were taken online, and the result was a ‘fan’s ballot’ that was counted along with roughly 600 other ballots.” Perhaps there will be even more input from the general public in the future. To see the inductees from past years, head over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website.