Pearl Jam, Joan Baez and Journey join the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Seattle rock legends Pearl Jam and folk favourite Joan Baez are set to join groups such as Journey and Yes in the latest batch of artists to join the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Late rapper Tupac Shakur and Electric Light Orchestra will also be included, along with a special award for Nile Rodgers, whose disco band Chic was nominated for the 11th time.

The Cleveland hall’s 32nd annual ceremony for new inductions will take place next April, followed by an HBO programme and radio broadcast.

Pearl Jam reached global stardom in the early 1990s with hits such as Alive, Jeremy and Even Flow.

It is the second grunge rock band from Seattle to make the hall, following Nirvana, and original members Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, continue to perform live to huge audiences.

Joan, who was romantically linked to the recent Nobel Prize for Literature winner Bob Dylan in the 1960s, is a name synonymous with the folk movement.

Performing aged 18 at the first Newport Folk Festival in 1959, tracks such as Diamonds And Rust and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down are recognised as some of her biggest hits.

“I never considered myself to be a rock and roll artist,” the 75-year-old said.

“But as part of the folk music boom which contributed to and influenced the rock revolution of the 1960s, I am proud that some of the songs I sang made their way into the rock lexicon. I very much appreciate this honour and acknowledgement by the Hall Of Fame.”

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