Elton John: Donna Summer's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snub Is a "Total Disgrace"

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Elton John slammed the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Thursday for failing to induct Donna Summer.

The Queen of Disco died Thursday after battling lung cancer. She was 63.

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"I'm so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more," John said in a statement. "Her records sound as good today as they ever did."

"That she has never been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace especially when I see the second rate talent that has been inducted," he added. "She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and I will miss her greatly."

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Summer was a nominee for the 2012 induction, but did not win an induction. In 2008, she told Reuters, "Whatever I get at this point in the game is all icing on the cake."

Summer, who helped define the disco era, was known for hits like "Love to Love you Baby," "Last Dance," "Bad Girls," "Hot Stuff" and more. She won her first Grammy for "Last Dance" in 1979 and her fifth Grammy for "Carry On" in 1998.

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Her family said in a statement to The Associated Press Thursday, "Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith. While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time." Summer is survived by daughters Brooklyn and Amanda, her grown daughters (with husband Bruce Sudano, a fellow musician whom she married in 1980), and Mimi, her eldest daughter with first husband, actor Helmuth Sommer.

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