Madonna is to be inducted into the US Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next year, it has been announced.

Artists only become eligible to join the prestigious list 25 years after their first recording and with Madonna having secured her first US record deal in 1982, she was nominated for induction on September 17th this year.

Along with John Mellencamp, the Ventures, Leonard Cohen and the Dave Clark Five, the 49-year-old will be honoured at a ceremony in New York next month.

Born Madonna Louise Ciccone, the New Yorker's recent single Hung Up became one of the most successful releases of all time, hitting the number one spot in 45 countries and - as it was her 36th top ten hit - putting the singer level with Elvis Presley for the most top ten singles by any artist in the US.

Her subsequent single Sorry also topped the UK charts, making her the female artist with the most number one singles in the UK with 12.

Mellencamp became a voice for America's heartland with songs such as Pink Houses and Small Town while Cohen's importance in the singer/songwriter genre can not be understated.

The Ventures played an integral part in 1960s guitar rock, with surf classics such as Hawaii Five-O, and the Dave Clark Five were at the forefront of the British invasion movement with tracks such as Glad All Over.

"The 2008 inductees are trailblazers – all unique and influential in their genres," said Joel Peresman, president and chief executive of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

"From poetry to pop, these five acts demonstrate the rich diversity of rock and roll itself. We are proud to honour these artists and celebrate their contribution to rock and roll's place in our culture."

The inductees will be honoured on March 10th 2008 at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

14/12/2007 10:31:51