Costumed rockers Kiss, Seattle grunge pioneers Nirvana, pop and rock princess Linda Ronstadt, progressive rock performer Peter Gabriel, Philly blue-eyed soul duo Hall and Oates, and English folk-pop singer-songwriter Cat Stevens will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Artists qualify for induction 25 years after the release of their first record.

The E Street Band will receive the Award for Musical Excellence. Also entering the Hall as non-performers will be The Beatles Manager Brian Epstein and The Rolling Stones '60s Manager Andrew Loog Oldham, receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

 

The induction ceremony will take place on April 20 at the 19,000-seat Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The public will be able to attend the event. HBO will air the ceremony and traditional all-star concert in May.

Not making it were this year's nominees that included Deep Purple, Yes, and The Zombies. Left entirely out of the process once again were Jethro Tull, Paul Revere and The Raiders and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. But it's hard for these groups to get inducted when they've never ever even been nominated.

 

The Beatles, Kris Kristofferson, The Isley Brothers and German electronic band Kraftwerk will receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy Awards at an event the night before the nationally televised awards next month, the organization announced.

In addition, Italian film and TV composer Ennio Morricone, rock photographer Jim Marshall and Rick Hall, owner of Muscle Shoals, Alabama's FAME Recording Studio, will each be presented with the Grammy's Trustees Award.

 

The actual Grammy Awards will be televised live on CBS on Jan. 26.

The Grammy Hall of Fame, which preserves the greatest recordings in music history, added 27 singles and albums to its roster.

Among the singles added are Creedence Clearwater's "Fortunate Son" (1969), Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia (On My Mind)" (1930), James Brown's "Get Up - I Feel Like a Sex Machine" (1970), The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman" (1969), Dolly Parton's "Jolene" (1973), War's "Low Rider" (1975) and B.J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" (1969).

 

Among the new Hall of Fame albums are "Woodstock: Music From the Original Soundtrack and More" (1970), Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" (1970), George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" (1970), Chicago's "Chicago Transit Authority" (1969), Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and various artist's "Mary Poppins (Original Cast Album)" (1964) and U2's "The Joshua Tree" (1987).

Donny Osmond, a gigantic teen idol in the '70s, says he can relate to the rebellious streak in 19-year-old contemporary teen idol, Justin Bieber.

 

"I'm just a normal guy, and Donny & Marie left me with such a wacky image," the 56-year-old told Closer Weekly. "Since 'Puppy Love' and 'Go Away Little Girl' were such big records (when I was a young teen), I went through a period when I hated it."

He says Beiber "is feeling the pains of this right now."

"Everyone thinks he's still the kid who sang 'Baby' (that he recorded as a 15-year-old), but he's an adult and he's rebelling to show people he's an adult," Osmond said.

Osmond's advice to the young star is to just take it easy and go with the flow.

 

"Just let it happen. You can't change history. When you hit it so big at such a young age, time freezes in people's minds. You just have to live with the consequences until enough time goes by - 20 or 30 years, in my case. You get to a time where you end up embracing it," he said.

Defending himself and the behavior for which he's received much criticism in the media, Bieber told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show: "I'm still finding myself and when I have the media attacking me every day, it's no (different) than bullying that happens in school. Of course, I make mistakes growing up, and I'm not perfect. People forget I'm a human being and I have to make mistakes and grow stronger."

 

The Rolling Stones, fronted by 70-year-old Sir Mick Jagger, announced their seven-date tour of Australia and New Zealand. The band is calling the jaunt, "The 14 on Fire Tour" for the year, 2014. The tour kicks off March 19 in Western Australia at the 15,500-seat Perth Arena. The next date, on March 22 at the 54,500-capacity Adelaide Oval stadium, was the only previously-announced gig and that concert was an immediate sell-out. The tour wraps on April 5 at the 47,000-seat Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. The Stones last played Down Under in 2006 during their "A Bigger Bang" world tour.

 

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