News: LL Cool J Dropped From Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2009 5:35PM

Written by Biz Jones

Rap veteran LL Cool J has reportedly lost his opportunity to be inducted into the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next spring.

According to reports, LL was one of many first-time initial inductees not to make the final list.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010 runs the gamut from the progenitors of bloody-knuckle punk rock, the Stooges, to the group that made candy-colored disco sing-alongs a worldwide obsession, ABBA. Among the nominees not making the list this time around were first-timers LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss and singer/songwriter Laura Nyro. Some repeat nominees also got left off again, including disco queen Donna Summer and girl-group icons Darlene Love and the Chantels. (MTV)

The rapper-turned-movie star made headlines earlier this fall with his nomination.

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 is set to 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)

While predominantly featuring rock-based acts, rapper Eminem helped induct 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 years 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)

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