Donna Summer, the late Disco Queen, to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Rush and Public Enemy
Summer, who was 63, along with Canadian rockers, Rush, singer-songwriter-pianist Randy Newman, the rap group Public Enemy and blues guitarist Albert King, will comprise the newest class of inductees. Others going in as non-performing inductees will be label executive and music impresario Lou Adler and producer-arranger-composer Quincy Jones.
Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, announced the awards Tuesday at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. That’s where the induction ceremony will be held, the first time in 20 years L.A. will host the festivities. The awards will air on HBO on May 18.
For Summer, it was the sixth her name had appeared on the ballot. But this year was the first time fans were allowed to participate in the selection.
Growing up, she attended Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester and sang in a gospel choir at a local church. After moving to New York, her hits such as “Love to Love You Baby,’’ “Last Dance,’’ and “Bad Girls,’’ became iconic tunes of the disco era. “I consider Boston my main home,’’ she told the Globe in her last lengthy interview with the paper in 2008. “I think about Boston constantly. It’s a part of me.’’
In other celebrity news:
Some well-known male chefs are getting behind a New Jersey girl’s call for Hasbro to make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven. Chefs including Manuel Trevino of TV’s ‘‘Top Chef’’ and Michael Lomonaco of Porterhouse New York are featured in a YouTube video applauding McKenna Pope’s online petition, which had reached about 40,000 signatures as of Tuesday on the website Change.org. (AP)
The Australian radio station behind a hoax phone call to the London hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was being treated could face criminal charges for airing the conversation, legal experts said Tuesday. Last week’s prank was widely condemned days after it aired, after the still-unexplained death of a nurse who answered the phone and helped two DJs get confidential information about the former Kate Middleton’s health. But when it comes to a potential criminal case, the question is not about the death; it’s whether a private conversation was broadcast without the permission of the participants. (AP)
Shia LaBeouf is about to transform — into a Broadway actor. The ex-star of the ‘‘Transformers’’ franchise, as well as ‘‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’’ and ‘‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,’’ will make his Broadway debut opposite Alec Baldwin in Lyle Kessler’s ‘‘Orphans’’ at the Schoenfeld Theatre starting March 19. The play, which premiered in 1983, tells the story of two orphaned brothers living in a decrepit Philadelphia row house who decide to kidnap a wealthy man. LaBeouf plays one brother and Baldwin the target. (AP)