Congratulations to our friends Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, who, it was announced yesterday, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18th at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on May 18th.
Besides Donna Summer, who died earlier this year and will receive the honor posthumously, Heart is the only female representation in the Hall of Fame class of 2013, which also includes Rush, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Albert King as well as non-performance awards to Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.
Heart has been eligible for induction for more than a decade and has remained on the short list of candidates until now. But with an autobiography, a new studio album, a star on the Walk of Fame, a keynote interview at SXSW and a Led Zeppelin tribute performance at the White House, this has been a banner year for the iconic sisters.
This is also the first year fans have been allowed to vote, via the Rock Hall’s web site, and Heart fans are a very devoted bunch.
“Some people have an idea of what the shape of rock and roll is supposed to look like, and we’re not really it,” Ann told Rolling Stone. ”Personally, that’s why I think it’s taken quite a while. But then just when you think that rock and roll has a shape, it kind of outsmarts you, because it’s a rebel.”
Heart received the Woman of Valor Award at a dinner in their honor in November, 2000. This same award will be presented to Suzi Quatro in Austin, Texas on October 24, 2013.