March 27, 2017 - 14:10 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Snoop Dogg will induct his friend and former Death Row Records label mate Tupac into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, NME reveals.
Tupac is part of the class of 2017 which also includes Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, the Electric Light Orchestra and Joan Baez.
TMZ reports that Snoop will also lead a Tupac tribute performance at the ceremony, and Dr. Dre is in talks to join him.
The ceremony takes place on April 7 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Cente. Neil Young will induct Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne will induct Joan Baez, and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will induct Yes.
The Hall Of Fame was launched in 1983 and annually inducts bands and artists pivotal to alternative music and culture.
Last year saw NWA, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple and Steve Miller all inducted. NWA’s induction proved controversial in some circles with Kiss frontman Gene Simmons hitting out at the decision to induct a rap act.
The longlist of 2017 nominees this year also included Chic, Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk and MC5 before they were cut down to the final inductees.
Earlier this month it was reported that Pearl Jam have invited all five of their drummers to their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Only founding member Dave Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron are to be formally inducted alongside frontman Eddie Vedder, bassist Jeff Ament, and guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready.
Matt Chamberlin, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons were snubbed by the Hall of Fame and will not be formally inducted. Dave Abbruzzese drummed with the band from the 1991 tour behind ‘Ten’ and contributed to the recording of 1994’s ‘Vitalogy’.