Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inducts Madonna, Others Tonight
March 10, 2008 at 5:40 AM (PT)
Admit it: When MADONNA was writhing around onstage in a wedding gown to "Like a Virgin" years ago, the last place you’d expect to see her was in something called THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. Time has a way of changing things. TONIGHT, MADONNA will come to the stage of THE WALDORF-ASTORIA to accept enshrinement. Classmate JOHN MELLENCAMP, who also churned out hit after hit in the 1980s, will join her.
THE DAVE CLARK FIVE, whose lead singer MIKE SMITH died of pneumonia on FEBRUARY 28th, are being inducted, as well as PHILLY soul legends KENNY GAMBLE and LEON HUFF, CANADIAN songwriter LEONARD COHEN, surf rockers THE VENTURES and blues harmonica ace LITTLE WALTER.
She’s the pre-eminent pop star of her generation, who stayed a step ahead of trends while adding in shock value to keep herself in the news. Along the way she’s made sturdy, state-of-the-art pop such as "Material Girl," "Crazy For You," "Papa Don’t Preach," "Cherish," "Like a Prayer," "Vogue" and "Ray of Light."
Fittingly in a strange way, several media report that unlike previous enshrinees, MADONNA will not perform during the ceremony. Doing the honors will be punk legend IGGY POP.