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Madonna gets Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod

Bryan Ochalla | December 18, 2007

CLEVELAND — Billboard.com is reporting that Madonna is among the musicians that will be enshrined next year in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Others joining the Bay City, Mich.-born pop star at the induction ceremony set for March 10 at New York�s Waldorf Astoria hotel include John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, the Ventures and the Dave Clark Five.

A panel of 600 industry figures selected the five inductees. To be eligible, artists must have issued a first single or album at least 25 years before nomination.

"The 2008 inductees are trailblazers – all unique and influential in their genres," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President and CEO Joel Peresman said in a statement. "From poetry to pop, these five acts demonstrate the rich diversity of rock and roll itself."

Diversity certainly describes Madonna�s 25-year career. Since signing with Sire Records in 1982, the woman now called the �Queen of Pop� has been in a constant state of change. Her look and her sound rarely stay the same from single to single, let alone album to album.

The 49-year-old entertainer has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide and her 2006 Confessions Tour holds the record for the top-grossing concert tour by a female artist.

In mid-October, Madonna announced she would not be renewing her recording contract with long-time label Warner Bros and had entered a $120 million, 10-year contract with Live Nation Inc.

She�s currently finishing up her final studio album for Warner Bros., expected to be released in early 2008 – Gay Link Content

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