Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officials have announced details surrounding their March 12 NYC ceremony, during which Jay-Z will induct Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder will draft in R.E.M., and the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards will welcome '60s girl group the Ronettes, Billboard.com reports. In addition, Rage Against the Machine's political-minded frontman Zack de la Rocha will induct punk priestess Patti Smith.
Rock supergroup Velvet Revolver will induct Van Halen as well as perform live in the band's place. Soul diva Aretha Franklin will also be on hand to pay tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, the late Atlantic Records founder who also served as Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, and spoke at each annual induction ceremony. For the first time ever, the event will be televised live via VH1 Classic.
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