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Rock 'n' roll celebrates its own

Michael Jackson and Paul Simon marked their second entrances into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, joined by fellow inductees Aerosmith, Queen and Steely Dan.

Fifties vocal group the Flamingos, soul singer Solomon Burke and La Bamba singer Ritchie Valens completed the list of honorees at a New York ceremony.

Queen, whose lead singer Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991, performed as a trio and invited Foo Fighter Dave Grohl to sing an incendiary version of Tie Your Mother Down. It opened a ceremony that started an hour late.

The group's songs include Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions and We Will Rock You.

Steely Dan was inducted by the techno-artist Moby, who said, "They always seemed different somehow. On the one hand, their music is warm and beautiful, but on the other hand it is so unsettling."

The reclusive duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, before performing Black Friday, asked the audience if it had any questions. Steely Dan is enjoying a resurgence after its new disc, Two Against Nature, won a Grammy for album of the year last month.

Burke, rising to the stage in a regal robe, said before performing, "To all of my 21 children, 58 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, let's get it on."

Jackson, already in the Hall of Fame with his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5, was honored for a solo career that includes Thriller, which Sony estimates has sold more than 47-million copies worldwide.

Current chart kings 'N Sync were to induct Jackson, who is working on a long-awaited new album.

Simon is also a Hall of Fame member for his work with Art Garfunkel. His solo career has included hits such as Mother and Child Reunion, American Tune and Graceland.

Aerosmith debuted at No. 2 on Billboard this week with a new album, Just Push Play, but is being honored for a legacy that includes the prototype rock ballad Dream On and Dude Looks Like a Lady.

Ricky Martin was to induct Valens, the most prominent Latin rocker of rock's early days, who died in the same 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly. The Flamingos were best-known for their lush, romantic ballad I Only Have Eyes for You, while Burke's soul hits were an early influence for Rolling Stone Mick Jagger.

The Stones' Keith Richards was to induct Johnnie Johnson, piano player for Chuck Berry, into the hall in the "sidemen" category. Elvis Presley guitarist James Burton also was given that honor.

U2's voluble Bono was scheduled to induct Chris Blackwell in the non-performer category. Blackwell founded the former Island Records, home to Bob Marley and U2.

The ceremony was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The names of honorees are on exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland.