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Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones Among Artists to Be Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013

Facebook.com/PublicEnemyPublic Enemy and Donna Summer are among Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 inductees, which were announced this morning at an event in Los Angeles.  Rockers Heart and Rush, singer/songwriter Randy Newman and blues great Albert King also will be welcomed into the hallowed institution.  The induction ceremony will be held in L.A. on April 18.

Being honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which recognizes non-performers, is producer/arranger Quincy Jones, whose many credits include Michael Jackson's trio of record-setting albums, Thriller, Bad and Off the Wall.  Producer Lou Adler is also being recognized for the non-performer award.

Public Enemy is one of the most influential and critically acclaimed rap acts to emerge in the 1980s.  The group featured the aggressive, political and social commentary of frontman Chuck D, the quirky and off-kilter rants of Flavor Flav, along with inventive, layered samples and beats courtesy of DJ Terminator X.

Donna Summer, who died in May at age 63 after a battle with lung cancer, was one of disco's biggest stars.  She had a string of top five hits during the 1970s and '80s that included "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls," "Hot Stuff," "MacArthur Park," "On the Radio" and "She Works Hard for the Money."

Albert King, who died in 1992 at age 69, was a blues musician who inspired many famed rock guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Robbie Robertson, Joe Walsh and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  He is perhaps best known for his recording of the Booker T. Jones/William Bell blues classic "Born Under a Bad Sign."

Heart is among the most successful female-fronted rock acts of all time.  Led by the Wilson sisters, lead singer Ann and guitarist Nancy, the band has scored major chart hits during the 1970s, '80s and '90s.  Among the group's many memorable tunes are "Barracuda," "Magic Man," "Crazy on You," "Alone," "These Dreams," "Never" and "What About Love."

Rush has long been considered one of the most influential and acclaimed progressive rock acts.  The Canadian power trio -- singer/bassist/keyboardist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart -- is celebrated for their deft musicianship, with songs that feature intricate time signatures and intriguing concepts.  The band is best-known for its multiplatinum albums 2112 and Moving Pictures, and classic tunes such as "Limelight," "The Spirit of Radio," "Tom Sawyer" and "New World Man."

Randy Newman is a respected singer/songwriter known for composing insightful, skewed and satirical songs that have become hits for a variety of artists, including himself.  His best-known tunes include "Short People," "I Love L.A.," "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" and "You Can Leave Your Hat On."

A special featuring highlights from the 2013 induction ceremony will air on HBO on May 18.

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