Mellencamp, Madonna also make the cut





Montreal’s Leonard Cohen is on his way to the Rock and Roll hall of Fame.

Cohen was announced as an inductee yesterday along with Madonna, John Mellencamp, The Ventures and The Dave Clark Five.

A panel of 600 industry figures selected the five acts to be inducted at the annual ceremony, to be held March 10 in New York.

To be eligible, artists must have issued a first single or album at least 25 years before nomination.

Cohen’s Suzanne and Dress Rehearsal Rag made him a folk rock icon in the late 1960s.

Madonna Louise Ciccone signed with Sire Records in 1982 and became one of MTV’s first stars two years later with Like A Virgin. She has constantly altered her image ever since, showing staying power that few ’80s stars could muster.