Press Release
September 14, 2006

VH1 Welcomes the Return of the 'Third Annual UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony'

VH1 Will Telecast 'The Third Annual UK Music Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony'
Saturday November 25th 9:00 PM*

VH1 Classic Will Air An Extended Version of Ceremony
Thursday November 23rd 8:00 PM*

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 - For the second year in a row VH1 will broadcast "The Third Annual UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" with an exclusive extended version of the two-hour ceremony airing on VH1 Classic right after the premiere on VH1. Artists who have been publicly announced to date are: BRIAN WILSON, LED ZEPPELIN, ROD STEWART, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD will join legendary Beatles producer SIR GEORGE MARTIN who is receiving this year's Honorary Membership in recognition of his exceptional contribution to British music. The UK Music Hall of Fame is produced by Initial (part of Endemol) and distributed by Channel 4 International.

The third annual "UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" will take place at the famed Alexandra Palace in London on November 14th and premiere on VH1 as a two-hour live extravaganza on Saturday November 25th 9:00 p.m.* This year's line up of performances and special tributes include inductee Brian Wilson and his band performing; British soul sensation Joss Stone and R&B legend Patti LaBelle performing two of Dusty Springfield's greatest hits and rock's latest stars, Wolfmother performing a tribute to Led Zeppelin.

The ceremony will be staged in front of a 3,000 strong audience and reveal up to ten legendary artists and one music industry figure to be inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. For the first time, viewers in America will be able to witness this totally unique and utterly unmissable evening packed with amazing live performances from top international artists, exclusive video packages and tribute speeches from some of the leading celebrities of our time.

VH1 Classic will premiere an unexpurgated, extended version ceremony on Thursday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m.* VH1 Classic viewers will witness a show full of extras, brimming with amazing performances and tributes too huge to be missed.

Brian Wilson is the writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished songs in music history. As co-founder of the Beach Boys, his unique sound and innovative recordings dominated the UK and US charts in the early sixties. As a solo artist he has recorded seven albums, which have continued to showcase his immense song writing skills. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Pet Sounds, the album Paul McCartney cited as the influence behind Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Dusty Springfield is widely recognized as one of the greatest female singers of all time. Idolised worldwide for her powerful, emotional vocals and distinctive style, Dusty's death in 1999 at the age of 59 robbed the world of a unique talent. However, her musical legacy lives on, as remastered and reversioned releases of her classic albums ensure Dusty's popularity has never been higher.

Led Zeppelin are credited by many to be one of the greatest and most influential rock bands of all time. They defined stadium rock in the Seventies with a series of thunderous performances and worldwide hits such as "Whole Lotta Love" and "Stairway to Heaven". Led Zeppelin have sold over 300 million albums worldwide and 25 years after disbanding, their music still influences bands today.

Rod Stewart's career spans five decades - and with album sales exceeding 135 million, plus worldwide sell-out tours as standard - he's showing no sign of stopping. A born entertainer, his distinctive soulful vocals and iconic style have endeared him to music fans worldwide. Rod's reworking of classic tracks in his Grammy Award winning 'American Songbook' series has brought his work to a new, even larger audience, and on October 23rd he returns with his first rock album in 8 years: 'Still The Same ... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time'. A landmark recording of immortal songs, it's produced by John Shanks and sits comfortably alongside the best of Rod's accomplished career.

On November 11, 2004 music history was made with the inaugural ceremony of The UK Music Hall of Fame. The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Queen, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Robbie Williams were the first artists to enter the UK Music Hall of Fame and Chris Blackwell (the founder of Island Records) was given the Honorary Membership for services to the music industry. Inductees are chosen by a highly select group of entertainment industry professionals.

Since its launch in 2004, the UK Music Hall of Fame has inducted 20 of the greatest names in music history including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Bob Dylan, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, U2, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley and The Kinks.

Artists are selected for induction by the UK Music Hall of Fame Steering Group - a panel comprising over 60 respected artists, music journalists, broadcasters and music industry executives.

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