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American Idol joins M*A*S*H, 60 Minutes in Hall of Fame

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

The Fox reality singing sensation "American Idol" is joining "M*A*S*H," "60 Minutes," and "Saturday Night Live," in the National Association of Broadcaster's "Broadcasting Hall of Fame," the Washington-based group said Wednesday.

"For over a decade, 'American Idol' has shaped the reality competition television genre, brought families together by entertaining viewers of all ages and made a huge cultural impact," said NAB President Gordon Smith. "NAB is proud to recognize this innovative television program."

The announcement comes as the show is readying for its 12th season. It has already been controversial, with reports that new judges Mariah Carey and rapper Nicki Minaj have engaged in cat fights during the pre-recorded sessions.

The show will be inducted during the 2013 NAB Show Television Luncheon, April 8 in Las Vegas.

Previous NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame television inductees include Betty White, Garry Marshall, "Meet the Press," Bob Newhart, "The Tonight Show," "Saturday Night Live," Ted Koppel, "M*A*S*H," "60 Minutes," "The Today Show" and "Star Trek."

In a statement provided to Secrets, NAB cited several Idol achievements: music sales and awards won by former contestants.

They also praised the show's charitable efforts, namely "Idol Gives Back," that has raised more than $185 million to benefit and create awareness for children and families living in poverty and at risk in the United States and abroad.