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Bruce, Alicia Hail Rock Hall

OutKast, Kid Rock also set to induct Class of '04

February 19, 2004 12:00 AM ET

Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Keith Richards, Alicia Keys, OutKast, Kid Rock, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne will be on hand to induct the Class of 2004 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

To add an element of surprise to the event, a list of who will be inducting whom has not been revealed, though several presenters have connections to inductees that offer possible hints. Kid Rock has long been an outspoken fan of inductee Bob Seger, a fellow Detroit rocker, while another inductee, ZZ Top, lent guitarist Billy Gibbons to play on Rock's latest album. Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne recorded a pair of records with George Harrison as the Travelling Wilburys, and Lynne also produced Harrison's 1987 hit Cloud 9 and his final studio album, 2002's Brainwashed. OutKast's Andre 3000 is a longtime Prince fan, and Alicia Keys is an alum of the funk star's annual weeklong concert birthday bash.

Other inductees include Jackson Browne, Traffic and the Dells. Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner, who launched the magazine more than three decades ago, will be inducted in the non-performer category.

The event will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 15th. The program will air on VH1 on March 21st.

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