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Eagles, Fleetwood Mac in R&R Hall of Fame

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac  
January 12, 1998
Web posted at: 2:59 p.m. EST (1959 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Mamas and the Papas, Lloyd Price, Santana and Gene Vincent were among the music legends inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Monday.

The 13th Annual Induction Ceremony was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

"The artists represent a broad spectrum of music, and include early legendary greats as well as artists who are still actively pursuing their careers," said Suzan Evans, executive director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. The 1998 inductees also include Jelly Roll Morton in the Early Influence category and Allen Toussaint in the Non Performer category.

Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana  

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria considered for joining the musical celebrities include the significance of the artist's contribution to rock 'n' roll music. Similar criteria are used for induction of non-performers, who include songwriters, producers, disc jockeys and record company executives.

The Foundation's nominating committee, which is composed of rock 'n' roll historians, selects five to seven nominees each year in the artist or performing category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of about 1,000 rock experts. Those performers who receive the highest number and more than 50 percent of votes are inducted.


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