Country Music Hall of Fame members Brenda Lee and Chet Atkins joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday night (March 18) during the 17th annual induction ceremony at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
Pop star Jewel presided over Lee's induction. "I feel like Cinderella at the ball,"
Lee said. "It is a long way from the Georgia cotton field to the Waldorf-Astoria." She also said that her 1959-60 hit, "Sweet
Nothin's" propelled her to rock [stardom] and 1960's "I'm Sorry" propelled her to pop [stardom] in a male-dominated industry.
Lee recently published her autobiography, Little Miss Dynamite: The Life and Times of Brenda Lee. She is the
first woman to be a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country
Music Hall of Fame. Lee performed a three-song medley that included "I'm Sorry."
Stuart and rockabilly/swing guitarist Brian Setzer presided over Atkins' posthumous induction in the side-men category,
which recognizes performers who have made major contributions to rock 'n' roll while backing other artists. Atkins -- who
played on recordings by Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers and Mark Knopfler -- died in June at age 77.
An edited version
of Monday night's ceremony will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT Wednesday (March 20) on VH1.