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Public Enemy and Seven Other Artists Enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

April 19, 2013 (9:13 am) GMT
The rap group is among this year's inductees that include the late disco queen Donna Summer and Rush.

Rap pioneers will be part of rock and roll history when their group gets officially entered into the Hall of Fame in Cleveland this April 18. An induction ceremony will take place on Thursday night to mark the celebration, set to be held from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The rap crew will become the first ever hip-hop act to perform at the annual star-studded affair, which will be seen by TV viewers a month after on May 18 over at HBO. Joining them on their debut performance are two-time Oscar nominee and two-time Grammy winner Harry Belafonte, who both will also induct the group.

This is, however, not the first time a hip-hop act is inducted to the Hall of Fame, with Public Enemy already being the fourth such group to join the elite ranks. Led by Chuck D and , the Long Island crew helped shape rap into the genre that it is today by making their music for more than three decades now.

The other artists in the roster this year are rock bands and , record producers and Lou Adler, and musician Randy Newman. The late disco queen Donna Summer and blues guitarist Albert King will both be posthumously entered into the Hall of Fame.

Performing during the ceremony in honor of the inductees are R 'n' B superstar , belters and and the legendary . Those performing in pairs for each of their assigned honorees are 's Mike McCready and ' Jerry Cantrell, California rock veterans and , "Sound City" documentary maker and Taylor Hawkins, and Blues singer and guitarist .

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