The late Donna Summer, rap group Public Enemy, musician/producer Quincy Jones and bluesman Albert King are among the acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Spring.
Rock bands Rush and Heart also made the cut, while Jones and his friend Lou Adler will enter the hall as Ahmet Ertegun Award winners for their contributions to rock beyond performance
“Well, it’s about time, man,” Jones told the AP late Monday night in an interview from his home in Los Angeles. “But I promise you I’m not sitting around worrying about it.”
The 79-year-old entertainment icon’s fingerprints are all over the hall of fame. He pops up often at key moments in rock ‘n’ roll history and was even Ray Charles’ presenter during the soul singer’s induction at the inaugural 1986 ceremony. He never expected to wait so long for his own entry.
“I was pissed off about it at first because I saw how it was going down and who was going in and who wasn’t,” Jones said with a laugh. “But I’m used to it, man. I’ve been around a long time, and I know how it works, you know. It’s still an honor, man.”