Rock legends Metallica and guitar great Jeff Beck are among the new inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The metal four-piece - who have sold more than 90 million albums - will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on April 4th, it has been confirmed.

"We've done this our way. Twenty-seven, 28 years later, we're here," said drummer Lars Ulrich after the announcement in New York.

Grammy winner Beck, considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, will also be inducted into the prestigious list, along with singer-songwriter Bobby Womack and hip-hop pioneers Rum DMC.

Vocal group Little Anthony and the Imperials, famed for hits such as Tears on my Pillow and Goin' Out of My Head, are also to be inducted in April, as will country singer Wanda Jackson and prolific session musicians Spooner Oldham, DJ Fontana and Bill Black.

Fontana and Black are best known as the drummer and bassist for Elvis Presley while Oldham played keyboards on songs such as Mustang Sally and When a Man Loves a Woman, as well as working with the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Jackson Browne.

"This year's class of inductees truly represents what the Hall of Fame is all about," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President & CEO Joel Peresman.

"From classic artists that began their careers in the 50s and 60s to those that have defined The Modern sound of rock and roll, these artists 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."

15/01/2009 11:28:26