LL Cool J & The Beastie Boys Eligible For Induction
6:00PM ET September 28th, 2010
Contributor : Jecquea Howsie
A Rocky Williform Company
Don’t call it a comeback.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for the 2011 class and LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys--along with rock, soul and pop legends like Donna Summer, Tom Waits and Bon Jovi, made the list. The Hall of Fame, whose mission is to recognize the contributions of rock n’ roll artists who’ve had a significant impact on the evolution of music, according to their website, started inducting Hip Hop acts in 2007, with Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. Icons Run DMC were inducted in 2009.
For the second year in a row, LL Cool J has been nominated. The Queens legend burst onto the scene in 1985 as a brash teenager and evolved over the next two decades from b-boy to sex symbol to icon. And most women agree that if he were to do a concert in their hometown, they’d sit front row.
His former labelmates, the Beastie Boys were the first white rap group and their obnoxious, frat-boy raps made them one of the best-selling hip hop acts of the 1980s. The Boys grew up, however, and as the 1990s dawned, they became one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed alternative hip hop acts.
Artists are eligible for nomination twenty-five years after their debut recordings.