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Rock Hall welcomes Class Of 2013 in gala ceremony in L.A.

Rock Hall welcomes Class Of 2013 in gala ceremony in L.A.

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Rush is now officially a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The Canadian trio were one of the more celebrated honorees at the event, and received a standing ovation as they entered the ceremony. 

In his induction remarks, drummer Neil Peart acknowledged that he and his bandmates were wrong for downplaying the significance of the honor, admitting that they've "been saying for a long time that this isn't a big deal. Turns out it is." 

Frontman Geddy Lee extended the band's gratitude to the band's loyal followers, saying Rush has "the most passionate, most dedicated fan base in the world."  Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins presented Rush at the event, and also performed "2112" in their honor. 

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But Rush was just one of the night's honorees.  Soundgarden's Chris Cornell welcomed Heart into the Rock Hall.  But in accepting the honor, Nancy Wilson stated that Heart's induction was by no means capping off their career, adding that they're "not finished rocking just yet." 

Randy Newman was the first member of the Rock Hall's Class of 2013 to be inducted.  He also kicked off the festivities with a nod to the city that hosted the event, teaming up with John Fogerty, Tom Petty, and Jackson Browne in performing "I Love L.A." 

The Rock Hall's Class of 2013 also includes Public Enemy, who's frontman Chuck D. reminded everyone that the diverse mix of musical styles being honored have a common bond, and are all rooted in the blues. 

The late Donna Summer was also welcomed into the Rock Hall, while Oprah Winfrey took part in honoring inductee Quincy Jones.  Blues great Albert King and record producer Lou Adler were also among the inductees. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 induction ceremony took place at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles Thursday night.  The ceremony will air as an HBO special on May 18th. 

PHOTOS: Backstage at the 2013 Rock Hall of Fame Induction Celebrity Gift Lounge

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