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Rush, Heart, Randy Newman Lead 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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At long last, Rush has made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian rockers — who along with Kiss were the two most debated qualifiers of recent years — join five other acts to be honored at the April 18, 2013 ceremony in Cleveland. Fan vote overwhelmingly favored Geddy Lee and company, although it appears that didn’t weigh too heavily into the Hall of Fame’s selections.

“We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” the band said in a statement on their Facebook page. “The three of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6,000 times!”

The singer told Rolling Stone his band will be there to accept the honor, adding that he’s relieved for his mother and his fans. “It was a cause they championed,” Lee says. “I’m very relieved for them and we share this honor with them, for sure.”

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart were also named as part of the 2013 class, as was Randy Newman, disco queen Donna Summer, bluesman Albert King and rap group Public Enemy. “I thought maybe I’d have to die before they let me in,” Newman said. “I’m really glad it happened when I was still around to see it.”

Approximately 600 ballots were totaled to decide the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class. For the first time ever, fan voting made up a single “fans’ ballot” so Rush needed strong support from traditional voters to earn a place amongst the other immortalized legends.

Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ bassist Flea announced the inductees during this afternoon’s event. In addition to the musical acts, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones earned the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. Deep Purple, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Procol Harum,  the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Meters, Chic, the Marvelettes, Kraftwerk and N.W.A.were the nominees who did not gain enough votes necessary to make the 2013 class.

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