Etheridge, Elton Honor Springfield At Hall Bash

Dusty Springfield, The Rentals, Elton John, Gomez, DJ Clue, Jamiroquai, Bono, Janis Ian, Tom Ze...

Rocker Melissa Etheridge paid tribute to the late pop-soul singer

Dusty Springfield at the 14th annual induction ceremony for the

Rock and Roll Hall of Hame in New York City on Monday night. Etheridge

sang the 1969 Springfield hit, "Son of a Preacher Man." Springfield, who

died earlier this month after a long battle with breast cancer, was

inducted into the Hall of Fame by singer/songwriter Elton John,

who called her "the greatest white singer there ever has been -- apart

from Tiffany. She was enough to turn the gay boys straight."

Others honored at the ceremony were former Beatle Paul McCartney,

rocker Bruce Springsteen, piano man Billy Joel, '50s rock

'n' roller Del Shannon, soul singer Curtis Mayfield and

gospel vocal ensemble the Staples Singers. Accepting his honor

from soul legend Ray Charles, Joel said, "I know I've been

referred to as derivative. I'm derivative as hell. There wouldn't be

any white people in [the Hall of Fame] if they didn't let us derivative

people in."