The Straits Times
Published on Dec 12, 2012

Disco queen Donna Summer to join rock Hall of Fame


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Disco queen Donna Summer, who died in May, is to join the United States Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Canadian rockers Rush and hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy, it was announced on Tuesday.

Veteran female rockers Heart, blues legend Albert King and singer-songwriter Randy Newman will also join the music pantheon, while producers Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, given to non-performers.

"This year's class of inductees ... again represents the broad, compelling and significant definition of rock and roll," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation boss Joel Peresman.

Grammy-winning disco diva Summer, who topped the charts repeatedly in the 1970s and '80s with raunchy hits like Love To Love You Baby and Hot Stuff, died of lung cancer in May, aged 63.