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Metallica, Run-DMC, Jeff Beck Lead the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2009 Inductees

January 14, 2009 2:00 PM ET

Run-DMC will become the second hip-hop group ever to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4th, when they'll join Metallica and Jeff Beck as 2009 inductees. Fifties R&B vocal group Little Anthony and the Imperials and Sixties soul singer Bobby Womack will also receive the honor, and rockabilly star Wanda Jackson will be inducted as an early influence. Three sidemen will also enter the Hall of Fame: Elvis Presley's bassist Bill Black and his drummer D.J. Fontana, as well as pianist Dewey Lyndon "Spooner" Oldham. Run-DMC's performance at the Cleveland induction ceremony will be the group's first since the death of Jam Master Jay seven years ago.

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Metallica, Run-DMC, Jeff Beck Lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2009

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