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Published: Thu, January 24, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Grohl will introduce Rush into Rock Hall

LOS ANGELES

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is beginning to take shape. Officials announced Wednesday that Don Henley would welcome Randy Newman into the Hall in April, while John Mayer will induct blues legend Albert King.

In addition, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will sing in conjunction with the entrance of disco queen Donna Summer into the Rock Hall, and Mayer will be joined by Gary Clark Jr. in a performance honoring King. Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins are on tap to welcome Rush into the Hall as well. Other inductees are Heart, Public Enemy, Quincy Jones and veteran music executive Lou Adler.

Nielsen: 20.6 million watched inauguration

NEW YORK

Nielsen says an estimated 20.6 million people watched President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on TV, sharply down from his first.

The company, which measures television audience, says the number represents just over half of the 37.8 million people who saw Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. Eighteen networks aired some part of this year’s inaugural ceremony on Monday.

According to Nielsen records, this year’s ceremony was the second least-watched inauguration since 1969. It beat only President George W. Bush’s second ceremony in 2005, which was seen by 15.5 million.

The most-watched inauguration since 1969 was President Ronald Reagan’s first oath-taking in 1981, which was seen by 41.8 million people.

Wire reports

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