Pop superstar Madonna, heartland rocker John Mellencamp, singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, British Invasion pioneers the Dave Clark Five and instrumental rock legends the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight (March 10) during a ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The event was televised live by VH1 Classic.

Blues harmonica virtuoso Little Walter was posthumously inducted in the sideman category, while Philadelphia-bred producers/songwriters Gamble & Huff received the Ahmet Ertegun award in the non-performer category.

The evening began with Patti LaBelle belting out the Gamble and Huff-penned "If You Don't Know Me By Now," popularized by Harold Marvin and the Blue Notes, and Jerry Butler's rendition of the pair's "Only the Strong Will Survive."

"You must have a team, and we had a great team," said Gamble, who added that "just to mention Gamble & Huff in the same breath that you mention Ahmet Ertegun is just a wonderful honor to us." "This is the thrill of a lifetime. This is beyond my wildest dreams," Huff added.

In contrast to most Rock Hall inductions, most of the inductees are not performing themselves. Iggy Pop will perform in honor of Madonna, while Damien Rice will take the stage in honor of Cohen.

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