Donna Summer Dead: Sir Elton John Calls Her Rock And Rock Hall Of Fame Snub 'A Disgrace' (PHOTOS)

WENN  |  Posted: Updated: 18/05/2012 09:28   WENN

Sir Elton John has lashed out at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officials for failing to induct Donna Summer earlier this year, branding the snub a "total disgrace".

The I Feel Love hitmaker was shortlisted for the honour as part of the class of 2012, but she was overlooked in favour of artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Beastie Boys and Guns N' Roses - and the Rocket Man is angry his good friend Summer, who died on Thursday, was left out.

Paying tribute to the late star in a statement to, Sir Elton says: "I'm so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more. Her records sound as good today as they ever did.

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


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Meanwhile, a host of other celebrities have added their tributes to Summer.

Barbra Streisand, who collaborated with the disco diva on their hit 1979 duet No More Tears (Enough Is Enough), write:, "I was shocked to hear about Donna. She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented... It's so sad."

And rocker Lenny Kravitz tweets: "Rest in peace Donna. You are a pioneer and you have paved the way for so many of us. You transcended race and genre. Respect", while Bret Michaels adds: "My deepest condolences got out to the family of Donna Summer regarding the passing of a true legend."

Rapper Nicki Minaj exclaims: "Wow, another legend gone", while Kelly Osbourne insists Summer's legacy will "live on forever", and Kelly Rowland admits the icon was her childhood inspiration: "Donna Summer. Icon! Legend! Her voice! Her spirit! Rest In peace, you truly inspired me! I love you!"

Meanwhile, pop group the Scissor Sisters have dedicated their concert in London on Thursday night to Summer.

Frontwoman Ana Matronic tweets: "We'll be doing it for Donna tonight!!"

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  • David Foster And Friends In Concert

    LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • 2011 Winter TCA Tour - Day 5

    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: Singer Donna Summer performs onstage during the 'Great Performances: Hitman Returns - David Foster & Friends' panel at the PBS portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Nobel Peace Prize Concert Rehearsals

    OSLO, NORWAY - DECEMBER 10: Donna Summer performs during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert Rehearsals at Oslo Spektrum on December 10, 2009 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Sandy Young/Getty Images for Nobel Peace Prize)

  • Disco diva Donna Summer poses for photographers during a signing at HMV music store in Oxford Street, central London to promote both her new book 'Ordinary Girl', and her latest album 'The Very Best Of Donna Summer'.

  • Donna Summer performs live concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA, USA on June 25, 2009.

  • Donna Summer performs live on stage during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, held at the Oslo Spectrum, in Oslo, Norway, on December 11, 2009.

  • Singer Donna Summer holds her award at the Billboard Number 1 Music Awards in Santa Monica, Ca., Dec. 11, 1977. Summer was given the top disco artist of the year award. (AP Photo)

  • Singer Donna Summer swings the skirt of her leopard print dress as she performs during her concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, Ca., Wednesday night, Aug. 11, 1979. (AP Photo)

  • American singer Donna Summer arrives at Heathrow Airport for her sold out concert tour of Britain.

  • Singer Donna Summer poses with three awards she won at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., Jan. 12, 1979. Summer won for favorite female vocalist; favorite single record, "Last Dance"; and favorite album "Live and More" in a newly-created disco category. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)


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