My mother always says that you should give a person their flowers while she/he are here to enjoy them. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had a chance to do that last year when they chose to pass over inducting 'Disco Queen' Donna Summer. The Foundation appears to be trying to right that wrong by making the songbird a member of this year's class of inductees even though she is no longer here to enjoy it.
Summer died this past summer from cancer related complications at the age of 63.
She rose to fame in 1976 with the disco hit "Love to Love You Baby." She had three number one hits in 1979 with "Hot Stuff," "Bad Girls" and "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," a duet with Barbara Streisand. She also won five Grammys.
Donna Summer's impact on music is immeasurable. Just look at some of today's artist and you can immediately see Summer's influence.
Summer is not the only long awaited induction that is happening with this upcoming class.
Am I the only person who didn't know Quincy Jones wasn't already in the Rock and Roll of Fame? How is it possible that Quincy Jones has never been inducted? This is Quincy 'freaking' Jones we are talking about. This man is a musical genius who has worked some of the most iconic masters of music. He's worked with everyone from Count Basie to Ray Charles and let's not even talk about the magic he created with Michael Jackson. How in the hell does REM or any of these other contemporary groups get in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before Quincy Jones? I guess winning 27 Grammys doesn't warrant one for Hall of Fame consideration. I just don't get that.
This year also finds musical pioneers, Public Enemy, as the latest Hip Hop act to make it into the Hall of Fame. N.W.A. missed making the final cut this year.
The inductees were chosen by some 500 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, which includes past inductees, and for the first time this year fans were also allowed to vote.
Candidates for the Cleveland-based Hall of Fame must have released their debut album or single at least 25 years before 2012 to be eligible.
The induction ceremony will officially take place in Los Angeles this upcoming April.