Former Late Show host David Letterman is to induct Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after ailing musician Neil Young was forced to bow out of his presenting duties at the gala.

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"Due to illness, Neil Young is sadly unable to induct @PearlJam @ this year's ceremony. We're thrilled David Letterman has agreed to step in," organizers of the event tweeted Wednesday.

Dhani Harrisonwill also be inducting ELO; Pat Monahanwill be inducting Journey; Pharrell Williamswill be inducting Nile Rodgers; Snoop Doggwill be inducting Tupac Shakur;Jackson Brownewill be inducting Joan Baez; and Geddy LeeandAlex Lifesonof Rush will be inducting Yes.

The event is to take place Friday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.