Rock and Roll inductees announced

Just like a prayer, Madonna's going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

With three decades of hits, the pop singer made it in on her first year of eligibility, the hall announced Thursday. Heartland rocker John Mellencamp, the dark poetic singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, instrumental act The Ventures and The Dave Clark Five all also got the nod for induction.

“The 2008 inductees are trailblazers – all unique and influential in their genres,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President and CEO Joel Peresman in a press release. “From poetry to pop, these five acts demonstrate the rich diversity of rock and roll itself. We are proud to honor these artists and celebrate their contribution to rock and roll’s place in our culture.”

The inductees will be honored at a ceremony on March 10, 2008, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.