Raymond Fiore
March 21, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

St. Paddy’s Day came early at March 14’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in NYC with help from the Boss, who welcomed Irish rockers U2 to the ranks of the rarefied. Also included in this year’s class: the O’Jays, Buddy Guy, and the Pretenders, whose frontwoman Chrissie Hynde was the year’s sole female honoree. But don’t expect her to draw attention to that distinction. ”I’m not into the whole gendered thing,” she told EW. So, ixnay on the rock-chick references?

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