Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
They are icons of New Orleans funk, but The Meters are not among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2013 class of inductees announced Tuesday.
But there is still a local connection among the honorees: singer/songwriter Randy Newman, who is a Los Angeles native but spent his childhood in New Orleans, will be inducted next year.
"I'm very happy," the 69-year-old Newman told the Associated Press from his home in Los Angeles. "I thought I'd have to die first, but I'm glad I'm around to see it."
Newman is part of the diverse 2013 class, which also includes rockers Rush and Heart, rappers Public Enemy, the late "Queen of Disco" Donna Summer and bluesman Albert King.
The Meters, made up of original members Art and Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli and Zigaboo Modeliste, fared poorly in a “fan vote” conducted online, which placed the Canadian group Rush at the top of the list. The Meters placed 13th out of 15 nominees in the fan vote.
This was the first year that voting was open to fans. Hall of Fame inductees are also selected by an international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and industry members.
Previous inductees are also allowed to vote. New Orleans has quite a few living inductees, including Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew and Cosimo Matassa. Other past New Orleans inductees include: Lloyd Price, Jelly Roll Morton, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair and Louis Armstrong.
To be eligible for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination, artists must have released their work at least 25 years prior to appearing on the ballot.
The induction ceremony will be held in April.