ABBA, Genesis, The Stooges among Rock Hall inductees
A host of non-performers will also be ushered into the Hall, with individual recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award including music mogul David Geffen, along with songwriters Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Elle Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell.
The induction ceremony will take place March 15 in New York, and will air live on Fuse, Madison Square Garden's national music-TV network.
"We are very happy to present this year's inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as they represent a great cross-section of artists that define the broad spectrum and history of rock and roll and people that have contributed immeasurably to our business," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President Joel Peresman said in a press statement.
Swedish pop sensation ABBA formed in Stockholm during the late '60s and went on to become one of the biggest-selling acts in the history of popular music. The group--which featured a pair of couples: Agnetha 'Anna' Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus; and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid 'Frida' Lyngstad--scored a number of hits in the US over the course of eight studio albums, including "Fernando," "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia," which was eventually used as the basis for the long-running hit musical of the same name, which features many of ABBA's songs. The band continues to sell more than three million albums a year despite having broken up more than 25 years ago, according to the Associated Press.
The UK's Genesis emerged from the late '60s British art-rock scene with singer Peter Gabriel at the helm. The band quickly gathered a following behind Gabriel's outlandish stage persona, recording several influential progressive-rock albums in the early '70s. After Gabriel departed the band in 1975, drummer Phil Collins took over as frontman, and the group smoothly and swiftly switched gears and turned into a mighty pop-hit machine, churning out a number of Top 10 hits in the early '80s and helping to usher in the MTV Era. After finally breaking up in 1999, the group reunited in 2006 for a successful world tour.
Born kicking and screaming from a working class Michigan suburb, The Stooges helped pave a path for future generations of punk rockers across the world. The band, fueled from the start with an anarchistic fury by lead singer Iggy Pop (born James Osterberg), recorded three hugely influential LPs in the late '60s and early '70s (including the band's debut, produced by The Velvet Underground's John Cale and recorded in a mere four days), scoring landmark singles with "1969," "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "No Fun" before flaming out a few short years into their lifespan. The band reformed in 2003 and continues to tour (as Iggy and the Stooges) following the death of founding guitarist Ron Asheton earlier this year.
British soft-rockers The Hollies, featuring Graham Nash, Allan Clarke and Eric Haydock, churned out hit single after hit single in the late '60s, at one point charting 21 consecutive UK Top 20 hits, including "Look Through Any Window" and "Bus Stop." Following Nash's departure in 1968 to join David Crosby and Stephen Stills in yet another hit-making machine, The Hollies regrouped to produce another generation of chart-toppers, among them "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" and "The Air That I Breathe."
Sometimes lost in the long shadow cast by fellow reggae giant Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff 's 1972 album and film "The Harder They Come" helped introduce the indigenous Jamaican musical form to a receptive worldwide audience. Widely considered the first reggae superstar, Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross," "You Can Get It If You Really Want" and "Sitting in Limbo" remain classics of the genre.
The 2010 inductees were chosen from a shortlist of nominees that also included Darlene Love, Donna Summer, KISS, Laura Nyro, LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Chantels