Legendary rockers inducted into hall of fame

ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The
Hollies and the Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday

Other inductees this year included
individual recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award — record executive David
Geffen and songwriters Jeff Barry, Otis Blackwell, Ellie Greenwich, Barry Mann,
Mort Shuman, Jesse Stone and Cynthia Weil.

The inductees “represent a
great cross-section of artists that define the broad spectrum and history of
rock ‘n’ roll and people that have contributed immeasurably to our business,”
Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame Foundation
, said when they were named last year.

The inductees were chosen by a
voting committee of the foundation. Artists are eligible 25 years after their
first recording is released.

An exhibit featuring all the
inductees is open at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cleveland,
Ohio. Their stage outfits, instruments, handwritten lyrics, photographs and
more will be on display through 14 March 2011.

The museum — which says it
“exists to collect, preserve and interpret the impact the Rock has made on
our world” — features seven floors of exhibition space, spanning 150,000
square feet.