Randy Newman kicks off Rock Hall induction

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FILE - This Feb. 7, 2011 file photo shows musician Randy Newman posing after the Academy Award Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Newman is one of eight inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which also include rockers Heart and Rush, the late Donna Summer, rap group Public Enemy and bluesman Albert King, and Quincy Jones, this year's Ahmet Ertegun lifetime achievement honorees. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Randy Newman launched the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday with his ode to Los Angeles.

The singer-songwriter kicked off the 28th annual induction ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles with a performance of "I Love L.A." The inductee was joined by Jackson Browne, John Fogerty and Tom Petty.

Newman is among this year's eight inductees, which also includes rockers Heart and Rush, rap group Public Enemy, disco queen Donna Summer, bluesman Albert King, and producers Quincy Jones and Lou Adler.

The event marks the first time since 1993 that the Cleveland, Ohio, institution has held its induction ceremony on the West Coast.

The event will be broadcast May 18 on HBO.