Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Pays Tribute to Women


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Fergie scored one of the biggest gigs of the year, headlining today's Super Bowl with the Black Eyed Peas as one of the world's top female rockers -- a decades-old roster of artists being celebrated in a large exhibit this spring at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Some fans will surely react with cynicism about the insitution's move to honor influential women with a big group tribute when, year after year, only a minority of music luminaries invited into the actual Hall of Fame are females. Out of the five newest inductees, announced late last year, all but one (Darlene Love) are men.

Still, the museum's "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" is expected to be impressive, showcasing more than 60 stars including Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, to name a few.

The massive interactive exhibit will guide visitors through decades of female trailblazers in various genres, starting wtih turn-of-the-century blues singers, and ending in the modern age. The exhibit's launch kicks off with a concert starring Wanda Jackson, Cyndi Lauper and more.

And next week, on Feb. 14, the Cleveland museum opens the first of several related exhibits, "Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock" featuring iconic female singers who toured the Midwest, including Grace Slick, Joan Jett and Tina Turner.

A museum exec, Lauren Onkey, acknowledged in the L.A. Times how challenging it is to represent "what or who women were, or changes all the's a big story to grapple with, and it's not just one story." The main exhibit opens May 13 and runs through February 2012.

As for Fergie, she's hardly resting in her quest to keep women at the forefront of music stardom: She wants to discover the next great female singer.