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Chris Rock to Induct Red Hot Chili Peppers Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Bette Midler, John Mellencamp, Steve Van Zandt and Robbie Robertson will also speak at the event

Chris Rock To Induct The Red Hot Chili Peppers Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Michael Loccisano/Gary Miller/FilmMagic
March 20, 2012 12:05 AM ET

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the presenters for this year's induction ceremony: Chuck D will induct the Beastie Boys, John Mellencamp will induct Donovan, Steve Van Zandt will induct the Small Faces/Faces, Chris Rock will induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bette Midler will induct Laura Nyro, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top will induct Freddie King and Carole King will induct Don Kirshner. They have yet to announce who will induct Guns N' Roses. 

For only the third time in its 26-year history, the Hall of Fame's induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland. The April 14th event will be held at Public Hall and broadcast (in edited form) on HBO on May 5th. 

The ceremony will also feature Robbie Robertson inducting Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns and Smokey Robinson inducting the Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters and the Miracles.

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