Donna Summer

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces 2013 inductees

At a press conference today at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist and 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Flea announced the list of performer inductees and Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients for induction. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 are:

Performer Category:
· Heart
· Albert King
· Randy Newman
· Public Enemy
· Rush
· Donna Summer

Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award:
· Lou Adler
· Quincy Jones

Scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013, the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. This marks the first time since 1993 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on the West Coast. The ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was in 2009 and 2012 in Cleveland.

Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said, “We are thrilled to announce this year’s class of inductees, which again represents the broad, compelling and significant definition of rock and roll.”

The induction ceremony will broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18 at 9pm ET/PT. Said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming, “We are excited to team up once again with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for what is sure to be an incredible evening of one-of-a-kind performances.”

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Giorgio Moroder And David Foster Attend Donna Summer’s Funeral

Hitmakers Giorgio Moroder and David Foster are among the mourners at Donna Summer‘s funeral, which began on Wednesday afternoon (May 23) in Nashville, Tennessee.

Songwriter Foster and Moroder, who produced several of Summer’s disco tunes, including Love to Love You Baby and I Feel Love stood silently with family and other close friends of the late singer as her rose-covered casket was displayed for an estimated 1,000 guests at the Christ Presbyterian Church.

Summer died last week (17May12) after a secret battle with lung cancer. She was 63.

Donna Summer Laid to Rest Wednesday

Singer Donna Summer will be laid to rest during a private funeral ceremony in Tennessee on Wednesday.

The disco diva lost her battle with lung cancer at her Florida home on Thursday at age 63, and now friends and family will pay their last respects to the I Feel Love hitmaker during an invitation-only event at a church in Nashville on Wednesday.

About 1,000 guests are expected to attend, according to TMZ.com.

Public Memorial For Donna Summer Planned

Fans of Donna Summer have been invited to pay their respects to the late disco diva at a public memorial in Nashville, Tennessee next week.

The Bad Girls legend died early on Thursday following a secret, 10-month battle with lung cancer.

She will be laid to rest in a private funeral service in Nashville on Monday, but Summer’s relatives have now scheduled a public ceremony for next Wednesday to give devotees one last chance to bid farewell to the icon, according to TMZ.com.

Summer and her husband, Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano, moved their family to Nashville in 1994.

Stars Pay Tribute To Donna Summer

Mary J. Blige, La Toya Jackson, Quincy Jones, William Shatner and Billy Ray Cyrus are among the stars who’ve paid their respects to disco legend Donna Summer.

The Love to Love You Baby hitmaker lost her battle with lung cancer in Florida and a slew of celebrity fans have flooded Twitter.com with touching tributes.

Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya was among the first to respond to the sad news, tweeting, “My condolence (sic) to Donna Summer’s family & love ones (sic). She will be terribly missed. She was truly the Disco Queen!”

R&B superstar Blige writes, “RIP Donna Summers (sic)!!!!!!!!! You were truly a game changer!!!” and Cyrus adds, “R I P Donna Summer LEGEND!!! Your music will live forever.”

Star Trek icon Shatner tweets, “My heart and thoughts go out to the family of Donna Summer”, while director Kevin Smith posts, “Damn… Donna Summer dies at 63. An unforgettable voice from my childhood, beloved by my Mom & brother. Let’s dance the last dance for her.”

Legendary producer Quincy Jones adds, “Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.”

Actress Alyssa Milano also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the singer, writing, “I used to do interpretative dance in my living room to Donna Summer’s music when I was a little girl. Rest in peace”, and newsman Piers Morgan admits he’ll always have a lasting memory of the disco queen: “Dined with her a few months ago, and she sang Amazing Grace to guests with stunning power. Great lady, wonderful talent.”

Meanwhile, British singer Natasha Bedingfield tweets, “just heard that DonnaSummer died today. This is awful! She was so incredible. Her and her family are some of the most beautiful people… I met Donna at the NobelPeacePrize awards. her and her husband were so kind. this is such a huge loss”.

Also among the stars to post early tributes online include comedian Neil Patrick Harris, actors David Boreanaz, Kate Walsh and Marlee Matlin, musicians Tom Morello, Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson, Q-Tip and Solange Knowles and moviemaker Adam Shankman, who tweets, “Sleep sweetly eternally my Amazing Donna Summer! Tonight, after my prayers, I will dance the last dance and think of you.”

Sir Elton John: ‘Donna Summer Should Have Been Inducted In Hall Of Fame’

Sir Elton John has lashed out at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officials for failing to induct Donna Summer earlier this year (12), branding the snub a “total disgrace”.

The I Feel Love hitmaker was shortlisted for the honour as part of the class of 2012, but she was overlooked in favour of artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Beastie Boys and Guns N’ Roses – and the Rocket Man is angry his good friend Summer, who died on Thursday (17May12), was left out.

Paying tribute to the late star in a statement to Eonline.com, Elton says, “I’m so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more. Her records sound as good today as they ever did.

“That she has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace, especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted. She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John Aids Foundation and I will miss her greatly.”

Meanwhile, a slew of other celebrities have added their Twitter.com tributes to Summer.

Barbra Streisand, who collaborated with the disco diva on their hit 1979 duet No More Tears (Enough Is Enough), writes, “I was shocked to hear about Donna. She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented… It’s so sad.”

Donna Summer, ‘Queen Of Disco,’ Dead At 63

Donna Summer, a five-time Grammy winning disco singer, has died after a battle with cancer. Summer, 63, passed away early this morning in Florida, her family confirms in a statement to the Associated Press.

“Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith. While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time,” the family said.

Summer began her career in the late 60s performing in musicals overseas. After singing backup for Three Dog Night, Summer released her first album, Lady of the Night, in Europe. She first hit American charts in 1975 with “Love to Love You Baby.” Summer went on to produce numerous other hits, including “I Feel Love,” “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls” and “Dim All the Lights.” She released her last album, Crayons, in 2008.

Summer is survived by husband Bruce Sudano and three daughters.