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The late rap­per Tu­pac Shakur and Seat­tle-based rock­ers Pearl Jam lead a class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in­ductees that also in­clude folkie Joan Baez and 1970s fa­vorites Jour­ney, Yes and Elec­tric Light Orches­tra.

The rock hall also said Tues­day it would give a spe­cial award to Nile Rodgers, whose disco-era band Chic failed again to make the cut af­ter its 11th time nom­i­nated.

The hall’s 32nd an­nual in­duc­tion cer­e­mony will take place April 7 at Bar­clays Cen­ter in Brook­lyn. HBO will show high­lights later, with Sir­iusXM do­ing a ra­dio broad­cast.

Shakur was shot and killed af­ter at­tend­ing a box­ing match in Las Ve­gas in 1996, a mur­der that has spawned con­spir­acy the­o­ries but re­mains un­solved. “Changes,” “Keep Ya Head Up” and “Life Goes On” are among his best-known songs.

While Shakur, Baez, Pearl Jam and ELO were elected this year in their first time on the bal­lot, Chic has en­dured years of dis­ap­point­ment.

The hall’s award for mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence to song­writer and gui­tarist Rodgers is no con­so­la­tion prize. When disco cooled, Rodgers be­came one of the hottest pro­duc­ers in the busi­ness, be­hind the boards for some of the 1980s’ most in­deli­ble al­bums: David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Madonna’s “Like a Vir­gin” and the B-52s’ “Cos­mic Thing.”

Nile Rodgers will get a spe­cial award af­ter his disco-era band Chic failed to make the hall for the 11th time. Charles Sykes, Invision

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