Carole King A Presenter On 'Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony' - Live On Fuse!
NEW YORK, NY, March 15, 2010 - Carole King was invited to present at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony. She presented The Ahmet Ertegun Award to the following songwriting inductees: Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, Jesse Stone, Otis Blackwell, and Mort Shuman. For Greenwich, Stone, Blackwell, and Shuman, this will be a posthumous, yet most-deserved honor. The Ahmet Ertegun Award, named for the famed founder and president of Atlantic Records and chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museum, is an award that includes the non-performer category, which is the category that Carole was inducted under, along with songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, in 1990. In addition to the songwriter inductions this year, David Geffen was also an inductee. The artist inductions this year are: ABBA, Genesis, The Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, and The Stooges.
On her way to the airport, Carole said, "I'm so excited to be going to New York to induct songwriters Otis Blackwell, Mort Shuman, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, Jesse Stone (a/k/a Chuck Calhoun), and my dear, longtime friends, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I'm old enough to remember predictions by some in the mid-20th century that Rock & Roll would be a passing trend." The live broadcast aired Monday, March 15th, at 8:30E/7:30C on the music channel Fuse.