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Madonna and Beastie Boys for Hall of Fame


Story by Jack Foley

MADONNA and the Beastie Boys have both been nominated to the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The pop queen and hip-hop icons have a nomination along with John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen and disco artists Donna Summer and Chic.

They will be honoured at a ceremony at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on March 10, where they are expected to perform.

Rapper Afrika Bambaataa, The Dave Clark Five and The Ventures have also been nominated.

The Hall of Fame is made up of an illustrious list of music greats, including Led Zeppelin, James Brown, Elvis Presley and Little Richard.

Honourees are nominated each year by around 500 musicians, industry professionals and journalists. The Hall of Fame was established in 1986 and is located in Cleveland, Ohio.

  1. CHIC is easily the most influential of all the nominees for the R&R Hall Of Fame. They influenced a whole generation of Punk artist: The Clash and Blondie being the most notable. Rock artists wanted a bit of CHIC’s sound so Queen, David Bowie, INXS and The Power Station all used it.

    For rappers CHIC has been the holy grail, arguably no other artist has been so sampled by Hip Hop artists. Todays Dance music and pop music still use the CHIC sound. Madonna got her breakthrough with it (the “Like A Virgin” album).

    And if we are talking their own productions we have Era defining hits like Good Times, Le Freak, I Want Your Love, Everybody Dance, We Are Family, Upside Down, I’m Coming Out, He’s The Greatest Dancer and Spacer. The last five having other artists on lead vocal, but being in all other ways very much a CHIC release.

    For those who still suffers from the anti-Disco germ; If you listen to a CHIC record there is much more Jazz, Samba, Rock, R&B and other stiles, on them than Disco cuts. And many CHIC songs are commentaries on society and history.

In short, CHIC meets all the criteria for getting in, and then some!

    Here are clips of some of CHIC’s more rock sounding songs. They are all written and performed by CHIC. Lead vocal may vary:


    For more info check out my site on CHIC:

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