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Blondie, Hall of Fame
Mar. 9: Blondie just keeps on rocking. Three decades after its first performance at legendary CBGB (not to be confused with BCBG), the band is finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13 with a tony ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. Helping frontwoman Debbie Harry, 60, commemorate the Blondie moment, Marc Jacobs—who already referenced the icon in his fall collection—and entrepreneur-political activist Jonathan Lewis, threw a party in Greenwich Village at the sprawling Stephan Weiss studio belonging to Donna Karan. Just as eclectic as the Blondie sound—who else could top the charts with a fusion of punk, disco, new wave and rap?—the crowd was a colorful cross-section of the music, fashion, media and downtown elite, none of whom seemed to pay any mind to the swirl of controversy surrounding the other inductees this year (Johnny Rotten refuses to attend on behalf of the Sex Pistols, calling the induction ceremony a "geriatrics' ball," while Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne has agreed to go, but won't perform in protest for not being considered earlier). The B-52s' Fred Schneider, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, John Waters, Lady Bunny, Harry's partner Chris Stein and Scissor Sister Jake Shears paid homage in the VIP room, while posing for the paparazzi line-up were Lindsay Lohan, The Misshapes and Jacobs' boyfriend Jason Preston. The latter was decked out in a Louis Vuitton tee and a freshly-inked "Marc Jacobs" tattoo on his arm. And here we were trying not to label him. Meanwhile, Harry, currently a redhead, has never seemed happier; the Hall of Fame suits her. Fellow Blondie buffs can see, er, highlights of the induction ceremony on VH1 on March 21.



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