People Staff
December 13, 2007 12:10 PM

Madonna will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday.

Also pegged for the March 10, 2008 ceremony in New York are John Mellencamp, The Ventures, Leonard Cohen and The Dave Clark Five.

Selected by a panel of 600 industry figures, the artists must have issued a first single or album at least 25 years before nomination to be eligible. In September, there were nine acts up for induction, and the Beastie Boys and Donna Summer didn’t make this cut.

About the Inductees

Madonna Louise Ciccone signed with Sire Records in 1982 and became one of MTV’s first stars two years later with “Like A Virgin.”

Indiana native Mellencamp became a voice of America’s heartland with hits like Jack and Diane and “Pink Houses;” and Cohen’s “Suzanne” and “Dress Rehearsal Rag” made him a folk rock icon in the late 1960s.

The Ventures defined instrumental guitar rock in the ’60s with surfer anthems like “Walk Don’t Run” and “Hawaii Five-O.” The Dave Clark Five were one of the more successful British invasion bands with “Glad All Over.”

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