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Wax What Makes You Beautiful: One Direction's Figures Unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London

MadameTussauds.comIf you can't get up close and personal with the real members of One Direction, just drop by Madame Tussauds famous museum in London and hang with Zayn, Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis....in wax.

The members of 1D got a private look at their figures on Tuesday, and were "stunned" by how much they resembled them.  "They're bang on," said Zayn, while Niall added, "This is weird: he's wearing my actual shoes!"  Liam said, "This is definitely a privilege, getting a wax figure, while Harry called it "amazing" and "such an honor."

One Direction is the first boy band since The Beatles to be immortalized by Madame Tussauds.  The group's personal hair stylist made sure their 'dos were completely authentic, and they wear the boys' own clothes, donated by them personally.  The figures are posed together sitting casually on a bench, so fans can sit right next to them and pose for photos.  Each figure cost a whopping $229,000 each to create.

The figures, unveiled this week in London, will remain there for 12 weeks, and then go on a world tour that will include stops in New York, Sydney, Australia and other cities.

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Marilyn Manson, David Draiman & More to Appear at 2013 "Revolver" Golden Gods Awards; Danzig to Perform

RevolverMag.comSome of the biggest names in rock have signed on to take part in the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony, set to take place May 2 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.

Marilyn Manson, Disturbed/Device singer David Draiman, James "Munky" Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch of Korn, David Ellefson and Chris Broderick of Megadeth, Kerry King of Slayer, Gene Simmons of Kiss, and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted have now been added to roster of artists that will appear at the event.

In addition, awards organizers have just announced that Danzig will perform a set of Misfits tunes with former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein. The band joins previously-announced performers Metallica, Stone Sour, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch, Dillinger Escape Plan and Halestorm.

This year's honorees at the Golden Gods Awards include Metallica, who will be presented with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award; Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who will be recognized with the Riff Lord Award; and Rob Zombie, who will receive the Golden God Award.

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Country Stars Rack Up New Round of Gold and Platinum Certifications

Mercury NashvilleA new round of gold and platinum certifications have been announced by the RIAA, and quite a few country stars made the list, including Kacey Musgraves. The country newcomer picks up her first gold song certification for her debut hit, "Merry Go Round." Gary Allan's "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" has also been certified as his first platinum-selling single.

Florida Georgia Line's debut album, Here's to the Good Times, has been certified gold, and their single, "Get Your Shine On," has gone gold as well.

Taylor Swift's "Begin Again" has been certified as her 21st platinum single, and Carrie Underwood picks up her 16th gold single for "Two Black Cadillacs." Tim McGraw's "One of Those Nights" is now his 14th gold-selling single, and Blake Shelton now has 12 gold singles, including "Sure Be Cool if You Did."

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Jay-Z, Beyonce, Frank Ocean & More Among "Time's" 2013 "100 Most Influential People"

Facebook.com/JayZIt's without question that Jay-Z is more than a rapper.  He's an entrepreneur, a family man and, according to Time magazine, one of the most influential people on the planet.  That's why Time has placed Jay on a cover of its annual "100 Most Influential People" issue, one of seven special covers for the issue

Inside the magazine, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pays tribute to Jay.  He writes about how Sean Carter moved beyond the Brooklyn public housing where he grew up, later building a business empire and grounding himself "at the center of culture and commerce in 21st century America." 

Bloomberg adds that Jay has never forgotten his roots, penning his "Empire State of Mind" ode to NYC, and later helping bring the NBA Nets to a new home not far from his old neighborhood.  "In nearly everything he's tried, he's found success. (He even put a ring on Beyoncé)," Bloomberg writes.  "And in doing so, he's proved that the American Dream is alive and well."

Speaking of Bey, she also made Time's list, along with Miguel, Frank Ocean and Justin TimberlakeGreat Gatsby director Baz Luhrman writes of Beyonce, "No one has that voice, no one moves the way she moves, no one can hold an audience the way she does.  And she keeps growing and evolving in the ways that she expresses herself as a singer, as a performer and now as a mother.  She and Jay-Z are the royal couple of culture, and she is the queen bee."

As for Frank Ocean, he gets a tribute from John Legend, who describes the young singer as "brilliant."  In addition to applauding Frank's music, John gives Frank props for revealing to the world that his first love was another man.  "He did it in a way that speaks to what kind of artist he is, in a beautifully written letter to his fans," John writes.  "The day the letter was published, he came over to my house for a July 4 barbecue, where he was among friends who supported him and showed him love."

Music legend Stevie Wonder pays tribute to Justin Timberlake in an essay, writing, "His star power comes from the fact that he sounds like he’s having fun when he makes music, and he can read a song -- meaning as a singer or songwriter you can feel the emotion. You think, 'I can relate to that' or 'I believe in that,' and then the listener can feel it too."

Miguel gets love from Time music critic Douglas Wolk, who writes that the singer is doing his part to keep R&B going.  "What has nourished that tradition over the past 70 years, though -- what has kept it not just alive but thriving -- is what makes Miguel’s recent music so special: constant innovation, formal daring, unexpected sources of inspiration, and emotional directness," Wolk writes.

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Fall Out Boy Pay Tribute to Spinal Tap During "Conan" Performance

Facebook.com/FallOutBoyIt appears that Fall Out Boy is a fan of Spinal Tap. The band staged a tribute to the parody heavy metal band during their performance of “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” on Conan Wednesday night.

Mimicking a scene from the 1984 mockumenatry, This Is Spinal Tap, FOB bassist Pete Wentz was trapped in a pod that refused to open until more than halfway through their performance. Luckily, Spinal Tap’s bassist Derek Smalls, played by Harry Shearer, was there to fill in for Wentz while he tried to fight his way out of the pod. As an added nod to the film, a miniature model of Stonehenge appeared on the stage towards the end of their set, along with a group of hooded mini-Druid worshipers who danced around it.  

Fall Out Boy is set to hit the road next month to support their recently-released album, Save Rock and Roll.  The tour starts May 14 in Milwaukee and winds its way through the U.S. and Europe this summer before returning to the U.S. for a leg of arena dates in September.  Check out FallOutBoy.com for the full itinerary.

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Stevie Nicks Nixes Reese Witherspoon to Play Her in Biopic

Harpo Productions Inc.Stevie Nicks had gone on record as saying that Reese Witherspoon would be the perfect choice to play her in a movie about her life.  However, Nicks has now nixed the idea, saying that Reese is too old for the role.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight Canada, Stevie says of the 37-year-old actress, "I’ve already told her she’s almost too old [to play me].” 

The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman adds, "I love her, but she’s like, ‘I could play your mother.’ I’m like, 'Okay.'” 

This is all conjecture, of course, since there isn't any biopic in the works about Stevie's life.  Instead, the singer is busy promoting her documentary about the making of her most recent solo album, In Your Dreams.

Despite her "advanced," age, Reese may still be a great choice to play Stevie.  After all, she does know a thing or two about playing legendary musicians on film: she won an Oscar for playing country music icon June Carter Cash in the movie Walk the Line.  She can also sing: she sang in Walk the Line, and she even duets with Michael Buble on his new album.

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Daughtry to Hit the Road Again This Summer with 3 Doors Down

Facebook.com/DaughtryIf you missed seeing Daughtry's recent tour with 3 Doors Down, you’ll get another chance this summer.  Chris and the guys have added another leg of dates to their co-headlining run: it kicks off on July 5 at the PNC Waterside in Solomons, Maryland. The trek will also make stops in Boston, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Indianapolis, among other cities.

In a statement, Chris Daughtry says, “We’re excited to be back on the road with our friends in 3 Doors Down. They bring it every night and keep us on our toes.”

While on tour, Daughtry is starting to write music for their next album, the follow-up to their current disc Break the Spell.  No word on when that album will be released.

Here are the tour dates:

7/5 -- Solomons, MD, PNC Waterside
7/6 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6
7/9 -- Gilford, NH, Meadowbrook
7/10 -- Bangor, ME, Bangor Waterfront
7/12 -- Boston, MA, BOA Pavilion
7/13 -- Big Flats, NY, Tags Summerstage
7/16 -- Syracuse, NY, Oncenter
7/17 -- Wantagh, NY, Nixon Theater
7/19 -- Bay City, MI, Veteran’s Memorial Park (Daughtry only)
7/22 -- Clarkson, MI, DTE Energy Theater
7/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion
7/25 -- Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino
7/26 -- Dubuque, IA,  County Fair (Daughtry only)
7/27 -- West Ben, WI,  Washington County (Daughtry only)
7/31 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrahs
8/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
8/3 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion 

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Stephen Colbert Spoofs Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's "Accidental Racist" with "Oopsie-Daisy Homophobe"

Jim SheaFirst Saturday Night Live spoofed Brad Paisley's collaboration with LL Cool J, "Accidental Racist," and now Comedy Central's The Colbert Report is getting in on the act. After declaring that the song failed miserably in taking on the subject of racism, show host Stephen Colbert went on to sing a parody of "Accidental Racist" called "Oopsie-Daisy Homophobe." Openly gay actor Alan Cumming took on the LL Cool J role, rapping on the song to counter Stephen's homophobic verses.

"Accidental Racist" is included on Brad's latest album, Wheelhouse, now in stores.

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Lynyrd Skynrd Announces Plans for Seventh Simple Man Cruise

SimpleManCruise.comLynyrd Skynyrd has revealed details about the upcoming seventh edition of the Southern rock legends' Simple Man Cruise, which sets sail from Miami on October 20.  The musical voyage will make stops in Key West, Florida, and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, before returning to port on October 24.

Among the many artists who have signed on to join Skynyrd on the cruise are Atlanta Rhythm Section, The Georgia Satellites, Los Lonely Boys and Staind frontman Aaron Lewis.

In addition to plenty of great music, the cruise will offer a wide variety of activities and other entertainment, including a bowling alley, a rock climbing wall, basketball courts, a casino and specialty restaurants.  Visit SimpleManCruise.com to find out more info.

Meanwhile, Lynyrd Skynyrd continues its busy tour schedule later this month, with an April 28 performance at the Welcome to Rockville festival at Met Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Pink Scores Fourth #1 Hit with "Just Give Me a Reason"

RCA RecordsPink is number one again, beyond any reasonable doubt.  "Just Give Me a Reason," the singer's duet with fun. frontman Nate Ruess, has topped the Billboard Hot 100, giving Pink her fourth #1 overall.  Her other chart toppers include "Lady Marmalade," "So What," and "Raise Your Glass."

As for Nate, this is his second #1 hit, following "We Are Young." Billboard points out that Nate is now the first male singer  from a rock band to score a #1 without his group since 1999, when Rob Thomas topped the chart with "Smooth."

Elsewhere on the chart, Demi Lovato has scored her third top-10 hit with her new single, "Heart Attack."  Her first top 10, a duet with Joe Jonas called "This Is Me," hit #9 in 2008, and "Skyscraper" reached #10.  Surprisingly, "Give Your Heart a Break" didn't make the top 10.

Finally, South Korean rapper PSY has proven he's not a one-hit wonder, as his new single "Gentleman" blasts onto the chart at #12.  The song was able to make a big debut because Billboard now includes streaming numbers in its tally.  The "Gentleman" video also set the record for most views in a single day, and is now up to over 125 million views since it was first posted on Saturday. 

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Paul McCartney Schedules His First-Ever Shows at Brooklyn, NY's Barclays Center

PaulMcCartney.comPaul McCartney is bringing his Out There World Tour to New York City.  The rock legend has scheduled his first-ever visits to Brooklyn's Barclays Center, with two concerts scheduled for June 8 and 10.

The shows mark Sir Paul's first performance in the Big Apple since his appearance at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden this past December.  Tickets for the Brooklyn shows go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 22, at 10 a.m. ET.

Meanwhile, McCartney was spotted dining with his fellow surviving Beatles band mate, drummer Ringo Starr, in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.  According to the U.K.'s The Daily Mail, Paul and Ringo, along with wives Nancy Shevell and Barbara Bach, were photographed at the popular Italian restaurant Cecconi's.

Here are all of the confirmed U.S. dates for McCartney's Out There tour:

5/18 -- Orlando, Florida, Amway Center
5/19 -- Orlando, Florida, Amway Center
5/22 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
5/23 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
5/26 -- Memphis, Tennessee, FedEx Forum
5/29 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
5/30 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
6/8 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
6/10 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
7/9 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
7/12 -- Washington, D.C., Nationals Park
7/14 -- Indianapolis, IN, Tulsa, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
7/16 -- Milwaukee, WI, Miller Park
7/19 -- Seattle, WA, Safeco Field

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Justin Timberlake's "20/20 Experience" Sequel to Include Old & New Tracks

Photo by: Ira James/NBCJustin Timberlake's #1 album The 20/20 Experience will get a sequel this November, as the singer has revealed, and now one of his producers says the sequel will include stuff that's in the can, plus stuff JT hasn't recorded yet.

Speaking to Billboard, producer and songwriter Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, who worked on The 20/20 Experience, says that Justin recorded "30 or 40" tracks for that album, adding, "I think he's going to go in, and we're going to take some of the stuff that we've already done, and of course create more music at the same time."

Harmon also reveals that the epic track "Mirrors" on The 20/20 Experience was something that he, Justin and Timbaland started working on way back in 2009.  "He just shelved it," Harmon tells Billboard.  "He's like, 'I'm gonna save this one, and this is gonna go on my album.'  We never knew when he was going to put it out -- we were like, 'Aw man, you're in movies now!'"

So far, there's no exact release date for The 20/20 Experience Volume II, or whatever the title ends up being. Before it comes out, Justin and Jay-Z will team for the Legends of the Summer tour, and a solo JT headlining tour is also in the works.

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"Glee" Brings Back "Don't Stop Believin'"... Again

Adam Rose/FOXOf all the songs covered on Glee, the most memorable is probably the cast's version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" -- which is why the show is bringing it back Thursday night for a fourth time.

In the episode, called "Sweet Dreams," Rachel is auditioning for a Broadway production of Funny Girl and her biological mother Shelby, played by Broadway star Idina Menzel, returns to give her some pointers.  The song she chooses for her audition is "Don't Stop Believin'," and as she sings it, the original New Directions lineup appears in her imagination to help her through it.  The number is staged the same way as the song was performed in the original pilot, right down to the costuming.

In addition to the show's pilot episode, "Don't Stop Believin'" was also performed by members of the cast in the episodes "The Rhodes Not Taken" and "Journey to Regionals."  Technically, it was also performed in the episode "Sectionals," but not by the members of New Directions.

Elsewhere in the episode, Finn and Puck are invited to join a college fraternity, and NeNe Leakes returns as Coach Roz Washington, who steps in for the fired Coach Sue Sylvester.  You may recall Sue lost her job last week after she covered for Becky, who was the one responsible for a gun going off in the school.

Also performed in this episode is "Next to Me," by Emeli Sandé, sung by Rachel and Shelby; "Fight for Your Right (To Party)," sung by Finn and Puck; and two original songs, one titled "Outcast" and one called "You Have More Friends than You Know."  In the plot, the latter song is supposedly written by Marley for Regionals.

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Fergie Strikes a Pose, Looks to Bring Back the "Vogue" Dance Style for Charity

PRNewsFoto/Case-Mate/Russell JamesRemember that Madonna hit “Vogue”?  Well, Fergie is trying to bring the art of “voguing” back into style.

The Black Eyed Peas' singer has partnered with amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, to produce a series of vouging balls that will raise money for the organization.  Vouging is a 1980s dance style in which dancers strike a series of stylized poses in imitation of fashion models.

To kick off the effort, Fergie and choreographer/director Fatima Robinson will assemble a team of vougers to travel to Vienna, Austria for the 21st Annual Life Ball on May 25.  The group will take part in that event's first-ever voguing ball.  The Life Ball is the largest European charity event raising money to support victims of HIV and AIDS. 

Fergie plans to promote a series of subsequent vouging balls to benefit amfAR.

"From the first time I saw the documentary Paris is Burning to the classic Madonna song...which brought voguing into the spotlight, I've been inspired by the voguing culture,” Fergie says in a statement. "My goal is to give voguing a new platform for the whole world to see how gifted and innovative these artists are. I, for one, am fascinated by what they do." 

The singer says she's also is developing her own documentary showcasing voguing balls and voguing culture.

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Lee Brice Hopes to Continue #1 Streak with "Parking Lot Party"

CurbLee Brice is going for his fourth straight #1 hit from his album, Hard 2 Love, with the new single, "Parking Lot Party." The song has been going over well on the road so far, and Lee hopes fans will enjoy hearing "Parking Lot Party" on the radio this summer.  Lee's previous chart toppers from Hard 2 Love including "A Woman Like You," "Hard to Love" and "I Drive Your Truck."

Look for Lee to perform those songs and a few more when he opens Brad Paisley's Beat This Summer tour starting May 9 in Missouri.

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Garbage Posts Behind-the-Scenes Video of Patti Smith Cover, "Because the Night," for Record Store Day

StunvolumeGarbage can’t wait for you to hear one of the tracks they’re offering for Record Store Day on Saturday.

The band has just posted a video for their cover of Patti Smith’s “Because the Night” featuring the Screaming Females.  The five-minute clip features a stream of the track, along with black-and-white footage of both bands rehearsing and recording the song together.

The collaborative cover song will be available on a limited edition 10-inch vinyl record on Saturday.  Other cuts that will be featured on the release include an original song titled “Love Like Suicide” and a fan-made remix of “Automatic Systematic Habit” from the band's latest album, Not Your Kind of People.

Drummer Butch Vig has said that he’s hoping to get the band into the studio this summer to begin recording tracks for their next album.

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Method Man Says "How High" Part Two Could Happen

Def Jam RecordsA sequel to the stoner comedy How High could be coming to theaters one day.  Method Man tells TMZ he has high hopes that a follow-up to his 2001 film with Redman will happen.

Right now, Meth says he's just waiting for the film's original writer, Dustin Lee Abraham, to come up with a script.  "If it's good enough, we'll rush out the gate with it," Method Man tells TMZ.  To speed up the process though, Method Man says fans should start a petition, letting the movie bigwigs know there's demand for a How High part two.

This news is pretty timely, considering that 4/20 -- the unofficial holiday of weed-smokers -- is just days away.

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Ex-Foreigner Singer Lou Gramm Lines Up Promotional Events for New Memoir

Triumph BooksFormer Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm has scheduled a series of appearances to promote his upcoming autobiography, Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll.  As previously announced, the singer will celebrate the book's arrival on May 4 with a special launch event at Monroe Community College in his hometown of Rochester, New York.  He'll follow that with visits to several stores in New York and New Jersey, at which he, along with his co-author, Scott Pitoniak, will sign copies of the memoir.

Gramm is slated to make stops in Rochester; New York City; Ridgewood, New Jersey; and Pittsford, New York.  At the New York City appearance, Gramm and Pitoniak also will take part in an interview.  In addition, Lou will sing the national anthem at a June 26 home game by the minor league baseball team the Rochester Red Wings, and also will be signing copies of Juke Box Hero for ticketholders.

In Juke Box Hero, Gramm tells his life story, including his childhood in Rochester, his rise to fame as Foreigner's frontman, his battles with substance abuse, his fight to regain his health after being stricken by a brain tumor and his more recent career as a solo artist.

The May 4 launch party will feature Gramm playing some acoustic tunes, discussing the book and fielding questions from the audience.  All attendees will receive an autographed copy of Juke Box Hero.

Here are all of Gramm's scheduled promo appearances for Juke Box Hero:

5/4 -- Rochester, NY, Monroe Community College
5/9 -- New York, NY, Barnes & Noble
5/10 -- Ridgewood, NJ, Bookends
5/16 -- Rochester, NY, Barnes & Noble
5/17 -- Pittsford, NY, Barnes & Noble
6/1 -- Rochester, NY, House of Guitars
6/26 -- Rochester, NY, Frontier Field

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John Legend Gets Writing Tips from His Fiancee

Chris Polk/Getty Images via ABCPeople make mistakes, and as John Legend pointed out in "Ordinary People," one of his most popular tracks,  "I know I misbehaved."  It's an honest admission, and it's one that his fiancee Chrissy Teigen has taken notice of.

"She made a joke: 'No more cheating songs,'" John tells the BBC.  "Because my first album had a few..."  Yes, there was "She Don't Have to Know" and "I Can Change" and "Alright" just to name a handful.  Whether or not those kind of two-timing tracks will appear on John's upcoming album Love in the Future, however, remains to be seen.

In real life, John seems pretty happy to be a one-woman kind of guy.  He and Chrissy have been engaged since December 2011, and earlier this year, they worked together to build the perfect wedding menu as part of the Cooking Channel special Chrissy Teigen's Hungry.

Gushing over his relationship, John tells the BBC, "You become best friends.  You're intimate best friends but you're best friends.  You have friends in common, you throw big dinner parties.  That's part of being in a relationship."

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Christina Aguilera & John Mayer to Perform, Heart & Donna Summer to Be Honored at Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony Tonight 

Rock and Roll Hall of FameThey're still several years away from being eligible for induction themselves, but Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Usher will all be on hand for the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, taking place Thursday night at the NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

Christina and J-Hud will be on hand to perform in honor of one of this year's inductees, the late great disco diva Donna Summer.  John, meanwhile, will induct the legendary blues guitarist Albert King and will also perform a tribute to him.  Usher will sing a tribute to super-producer Quincy Jones, who's getting a lifetime achievement honor.

Also taking part in tonight's festivities will be The Eagles' Don Henley, who will induct Randy Newman, and John Fogerty and Jackson Browne, who'll both perform in honor of the piano-playing singer/songwriter.  Carole King will also be on hand to perform in honor of her ex-manager and producer, Lou Adler, who's being presented with a lifetime achievement award.

The rest of the artists being inducted this year include Heart, Canadian progressive rock band Rush and pioneering rap group Public Enemy.   Heart's Ann Wilson tells ABC News Radio that finally being welcomed into the Hall of Fame after years of being eligible is "the ultimate accomplishment so far" for the band, but jokes that their true "biggest accomplishment" is "standing here before you on two feet being alive!" 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be filmed by HBO and will air May 18.

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