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17/12/2017 10:16 SAST | Updated 17/12/2017 11:29 SAST

Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Moody Blues To Be Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame

Bon Jovi and Dire Straits gained a share of music immortality early Wednesday when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2018 inductees.

Bon Jovi and Dire Straits gained a share of music immortality early Wednesday when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2018 inductees.

They join the Moody Blues, the Cars and Nina Simone as Hall of Fame artists to be inducted at a ceremony April 14 in Cleveland.

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Mark Knopfler and Jack Sonni of Dire Straits perform in this undated photo.

"It's a Christmas miracle," Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan told Rolling Stone. "[We were] guys living the dream, getting on a bus with no guarantees in any way shape or form or anything. It was, 'Let's go out and make this happen.' And we actually did."

Jon Bon Jovi posted a thank you video shortly after the announcement, saying, "Long time coming. But it's finally here."

Radiohead was the lone act on the nominee list in its first year of eligibility and was rejected, Rolling Stone pointed out.

Simone, the legendary chanteuse of "My Baby Just Cares For Me" fame, will be honored posthumously, as will Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a gospel artist in the 1930s and '40s who will be given an Early Influence award.

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Nina Simone performs at Bishopstock Music Festival in 2001.

Bon Jovi, the Jersey band that rose to prominence in the 1980s, has sold more than 120 million albums driven by such hits as "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' on a Prayer."

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Jon Bon Jovi, the leader of Bon Jovi, soaks in the applause during a Sept. 22 concert in Brazil.

The Cars rode the new wave of the late 1970s and early MTV days of the 1980s with songs like "Just What I Needed," "Good Times Roll" and "My Best Friend's Girl."

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The Cars celebrate a No. 1 hit in 1979.

The Moody Blues honed their orchestral approach on "Nights in White Satin" while churning out other hits such as "Tuesday Afternoon" and "Ride My See-Saw."

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Justin Hayward and John Lodge of the Moody Blues perform in Los Angeles n 2013.

Dire Straits also got a boost from MTV exposure on its hit "Money For Nothing" after its breakout song "Sultans of Swing" emerged in the late 1970s, featuring guitar mastery by frontman Mark Knopfler.