News: LL Cool J Nominated For Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 3:50PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap veteran LL Cool J has been announced as one of five possible candidates to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next spring.

LL will face stiff competition from rock pioneers including Kiss and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The list of possible inductees at next year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony has been announced and includes LL Cool J, the Chili Peppers, Kiss, ABBA, Genesis, the Stooges, and reggae icon Jimmy Cliff. Rounding out the list of a dozen music stars are the Hollies, Donna Summer, Darlene Love, the Chantels, and Laura Nyro. (Entertainment Weekly)

The induction will take place next March.

Five of the nominees will be announced as inductees in January, with the induction ceremony taking place March 15 at the Waldorf-Astoria, according to a statement from the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. To be eligible for nomination, an act had to have released its first single or album at least 25 years before the year of nomination - or this year, no later than 1984. (Newsday)

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem officially inducted Run-DMC into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.

"Two turntables and a microphone," Em told the crowd. "That's all it took to change the world. Three kings from Queens made rap music in a b-boy stance a global phenomenon. Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jason Mizell crowned themselves the 'Kings of Rock,' better known as Run-DMC. I was only 11 y ears old when I heard their hard beats and bold rhymes and it was something about the big drums and strong raps that grabbed hold of my ears and changed my life...They made me realize you could write your own rules, which is something that inspires me as well as every other rap artist constantly. None of us would be here without them." (Fuse Live)

The rap group were the latest addition of rare hip-hop artists inducted.

Run-DMC becomes just the second rap act named to the Hall, following Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five in 2006. Surviving members Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels will perform at the event on April 4 for the first time since the 2002 murder of group member Jam Master Jay. (Associated Press)

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