REM are amongst the five chosen to be inducted in this years´ US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Patti Smith, Van Halen, The Ronettes and Grandmaster Flash will also be honoured in the annual ceremony in March.
Artists are eligible for the honour of induction 25 years after their first music recording.
R.E.M. released their debut single in 1982, later achieving commercial success with “Out of Time,” their 1991 album that featured the worldwide hits, “Losing My Religion” and “Shiny Happy People.”
Patti Smith´s 1975 debut album “Horses” has repeatedly been voted one of the most influential rock albums of all time, and the punk icon was chosen to headline the finale bill at New York´s legendary venue CBGBs late last year.