Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and Billy Joel are among the artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year as Rock Hall officials once again overlooked Black Sabbath and a host of artists who, well...actually rock.
Springsteen, McCartney, and Joel will be joined by soul kingpin Curtis Mayfield, singer Dusty Springfield, gospel's the Staples Singers, and "Runaway" hitmaker Del Shannon as the latest class of Hall inductees at a ceremony set for March 15 at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
George Martin, the noted Beatles producer who recently foisted a collection of Beatles' classics being covered by folks like Jim Carrey on the world, will also be inducted in as a "non-performer."
The event will mark a return for McCartney in theory if not in actuality. He was inducted with his fellow Beatles in 1988, but did not attend the ceremony.
Sabbath was nominated for induction this time out, but didn't make the cut. The development
more than likely came as little surprise to Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, who recently told MTV News, ""It would be nice, but if we don't, I'm not building my hopes up with this. They got people like McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, all the rest of them are like huge, so if we get in we get in, if we don't we don't."