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REM to enter Hall of Fame

REM

Story by Jack Foley

REM have been chosen for induction into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Van Halen, singer Patti Smith, hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash and 1960s girl group The Ronettes.

Michael Stipe and co will be honoured at a ceremony in March.

The band released their debut single in 1982 and went on to achieve global fame with their 1991 album Out Of Time, which featured the hit songs Losing My Religion and Shiny Happy People.

They have continued to prosper and release critically acclaimed albums – their last being Around The Sun.

Of the other US acts chosen by 600 industry experts, Van Halen are one of America’s most successful hard rock bands with hits including Dance The Night Away and Jump.

Hip hop star Grandmaster Flash is widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of hip hop and was behind ’80s tracks The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on The Wheels of Steel and The Message.

Patti Smith, meanwhile, is best known for her 1975 debut album Horses, which is considered to be one of the most influential rock albums of all time.

Ronettes’ hits included Be My Baby and Walking In The Rain.

Musicians for the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are only considered for induction 25 years after their first recording.