NEW YORK, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- From Memphis soul to '60s pop to New
York's new wavers and punkers, a diverse roster of the greatest names in music
history will be honored for all time when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
presents its Seventeenth Annual Induction ceremony, airing exclusively on VH1.
"Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 17th Annual Induction Ceremonies" celebrates the
all-star evening featuring these latest inductees on Wednesday, March 20 at
9:00 p.m. (ET/PT), on VH1.
Held in New York City on March 18, this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony honors all-around soul legend Isaac Hayes, singing great
Brenda Lee, popular Florida rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, '60s
singer-hitmaker Gene Pitney, and New York City's own punk pioneers The Ramones
and new-wave art rockers Talking Heads. In addition, the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame will recognize "Non Performer" honoree Jim Stewart, founder of early
R&B/soul label Stax Records, and "Side-men" inductee Chet Atkins, one of the
most successful and influential guitarists in the history of pop music.
Presenters at this year's ceremony are respected artists whose music has
been influenced by the Inductees. The line-up for this year's presenters
reflects the diversity and creativity of the inductees (presenters are
bulleted followed by a dash with inductees):
* Singer/songwriter Jewel - Brenda Lee
* Grammy winner Alicia Keys - Isaac Hayes
* Marty Stewart and Brian Setzer - Chet Atkins
* Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder - The Ramones
* Wallflowers frontman Jakob Dylan - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
* Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante - Talking
* Sam Moore and Steve Cropper - Jim Stewart
* Darlene Love - Gene Pitney
In addition, Green Day will perform songs by The Ramones, and the ceremony
will be capped by an all star-jam.
This is the sixth consecutive year that VH1 has aired the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame's Induction Ceremony and Concert, and the music network has an
exclusive agreement with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation to
broadcast the annual Induction Ceremony through 2003. Last year's VH1
telecast of the event was the most-watched Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony ever.
"Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 17th Annual Induction Ceremonies" highlights a
special VH1 "Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Week," March 15-22, with wall-to-wall
programming spotlighting inductees past, present and future, including:
* "Rock the Hall: Inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" premiering
March 15 at 10 p.m.: This special focuses on the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame by examining how the Hall of Fame works, including the
controversies and great moments of the annual ceremony. Most of all,
though, it will be a celebration of the great musicians in the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame.
* "Behind the Music" episodes featuring Hall of Fame greats Fleetwood
Mac, Elton John, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Rick Nelson and
* "Legends" spotlighting The Doors, Bruce Springsteen, and Pink Floyd.
* "VH1 TV Moments" spotlighting Elton John and Michael Jackson.
* "Movies That Rock" like "Great Balls of Fire" (starring Dennis Quaid
and Winona Ryder), The Who documentary "The Kids Are Alright," and
director Oliver Stone's "The Doors" (starring Val Kilmer).
* VH1 specials such as "King of Videos: Michael Jackson."
* Hall of Fame editions of VH1 shows like "Pop-Up Video" and "Top 20
An encore presentation of "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 17th Annual
Induction Ceremonies" will air on VH1 at 11:30 p.m. on the same day, with
additional airings on Thursday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 23 at
10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24 at noon. (All times ET/PT).
VH1.com will offer fans an expansive Rock and Roll Hall of Fame site
(http://www.vh1.com/insidevh1/events/hof/2002/) which includes the complete
list of this year's inductees and artist pages on all inductees from every
year, a Radio Station of all inductees and news on the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame and inductees. In addition, the site will feature an extensive photo
gallery after the ceremony.
"Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 17th Annual Induction Ceremonies" is sponsored
by Lexus, Pepsi Twist and Diet Pepsi Twist, L'Oreal, Burger King, Motorola,
Inc., Listerine Pocket Packs and Clarinex.
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