This years inductees include Van Halen, The Ronettes, R.E.M., Patti Smith, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The induction ceremony will be at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on March 12, 2007. The ceremony will also honor the late Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, and one of the founders of the museum.
This years finalists who did not make the cut included The Stooges, Chic, The Dave Clark Five, and Joe Tex. The list of finalists was released in October of last year and the inductees were selected by 600 music industry professionals. Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record.
Still unknown - which of Van Halen's lead vocalists will attend. Currently the Vegas money is on Dave. R.E.M. will also have to re-unite if they plan on performing, though they are currently working on a new album together and played a re-union show last year.
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