David Letterman Replaces Neil Young at Rock Hall Show

David Letterman will replace an ailing Neil Young as the person inducting Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday.

According to a statement from the hall, Young “is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam” due to illness and is “thrilled” that former TV talk-show host Letterman will substitute. Pearl Jam made its “Late Show with David Letterman” debut in 1996 with a version of “Hail, Hail.”

In addition to Pearl Jam, the new rock class incudes the late rapper Tupac Shakur, ELO, Journey, Nile Rodgers, Joan Baez and Yes. The ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland. (AP)

Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Yes to be Inducted Into Rock Hall

The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam lead a class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees that also include folkie Joan Baez and 1970s favorites Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra.

The rock hall also said Tuesday it would give a special award to Nile Rodgers, whose disco-era band Chic failed again to make the cut after its 11th time nominated.

The hall’s 32nd annual induction ceremony takes place on April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will show highlights at a later date, with SiriusXM doing a radio broadcast.

Shakur, Baez, Pearl Jam and ELO were all elected in their first year as nominees. (AP)

15 Documentaries Advance in the Oscar Race

As usual, Oscar’s shortlist for documentaries is notable for what’s not on it as well as for what is.

A few of the 15 docs that remain in the running for Oscar nominations are the Harry Belafonte film “Sing Your Song,” along with “Project Nim,” about raising a chimp as a person, “Buck” about a horse whisperer and “We Were Here” about the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

Some of the documentaries that were snubbed include Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty,” Morgan Spurlock’s “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Werner Herzog’s “Into the Abyss,” “Project Elmo,” “Senna” about racecar driver Ayrton Senna and “The Interrupters” from the director of “Hoop Dreams.”

Five documentaries will be nominated for the Oscar.

They’ll be announced January 24.

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Conan on ‘The Tonight Show’ Wins High Ratings

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Conan O’Brien has reason to smile after his debut as “Tonight” show host.

His first Nielsen Media Research report card shows a 7.1 rating and 17 audience share in the nation’s biggest media markets. The numbers indicate more people checked out O’Brien’s show out than watched David Letterman’s “Late Show” and ABC’s “Nightline” combined.

A typical “Tonight” show this season had a 4.0 rating. Each ratings point represents 1% of the nation’s homes with TV, which means 7% of homes had someone watching O’Brien on NBC.

O’Brien was serenaded by both comic Will Ferrell and the rock band Pearl Jam on opening night.

Jay Leno ended his “Tonight” show run on a high note. Early figures show he got his best overnight ratings for a Friday night in the 17 years he hosted the show. Variety says at least 10 million people tuned in.

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