San Francisco's Journey (pictured in the early days) is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Courtesy Hall of Fame)

San Francisco's Journey (pictured in the early days) is joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Courtesy Hall of Fame)

Scoop: They may not be rockers, but Joan Baez, Tupac join Hall of Fame

In what represents an unorthodox group of inductees, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has chosen folk singer Joan Baez, British progressive rock band Yes, New York-born rapper Tupac Shakur, Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam, English pop-rock group Electric Light Orchestra and Bay Area rock group Journey to join the institution for 2017, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Chic founding member, producer and guitarist Nile Rodgers will be honored with an award for musical excellence (even though his band hasn’t made the cut a record-breaking 11 times).

Four acts voted in by 900-plus voting members of the Rock Hall of Fame Foundation overlapped with the winners of the hall’s fan vote: Journey being the top pick of fans, followed by ELO, Yes and Pearl Jam. (The Cars were selected by fans, but not hall voters.)

On the other hand, Shakur and Baez were held in low regard by fans who participated in the voting; many said they didn’t consider the rapper or the folk music luminary to be “rock ‘n’ roll.”

New members will be welcomed in April 7 when the 32rd annual induction ceremony takes place in Brooklyn.

Along with the Cars, other nominated musicians that didn’t make it include: Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, J. Geils Band, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5, Steppenwolf and the Zombies.

QUICK TAKES

Women in the Kitchen, a James Beard Foundation fundraiser for its Women Entrepreneur Leadership Program slated for Jan. 26 at Tiburon Tavern, boasts a bigtime lineup of Bay Area food pros, including executive chef Mo L’Esperance of Tiburon Tavern, Emily Luchetti, Joyce Goldstein, Pam Mazzola, Kim Alter, Gayle Pirie and Alicia Walton. Tickets are $100; for details, call (415) 435-6895.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actor Steven Yeun is 33. … Actress Julie Delpy is 47. … Actor Kiefer Sutherland is 50. … Actor-comedian Andy Dick is 51. … Actor-comedian Ray Romano is 59. … Actor Samuel L. Jackson is 68 … Politican Zoe Lofgren is 69. … Actress Jane Fonda is 79. … Talk-show host Phil Donahue is 81.

— Staff, wire reports
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