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Madonna, Mellencamp to Enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Pop star Madonna, poet and folk-rocker Leonard Cohen and 60s surfer band The Ventures have been selected to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The announcement from the U.S.-based Hall of Fame Foundation Thursday also named The Dave Clark Five for honors. The band, along with the Beatles, was part of the "British Invasion" of the 1960s.

Rounding out the inductees is singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, whose depiction of small town America has earned him the nickname "voice of the heartland."

The musicians will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March during a ceremony in New York.

Musicians become eligible for the honor 25 years after their first recording.

The Hall of Fame has a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, to honor the history and personalities of rock.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.