Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has been chosen to appear at next month’s annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC.
Em, alongside other presenters, will be assigned to induct specfic artists.
Run-DMC will be inducted by Eminem, Jeff Beck will be inducted by Jimmy Page and Ron Wood will induct Bobby Womack. Metallica will be inducted by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Little Anthony & the Imperials will be inducted by Smokey Robinson. (Associated Press)
Run-DMC are among other legendary artists being honored at next month’s ceremony.
Other inductees announced Wednesday (January 14) were soul singer Bobby Womack and the R&B group Little Anthony & the Imperials. Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson was selected in the early influence category. Sidemen inductees are session musician Spooner Oldham and two members of Elvis Presley’s band: drummer D.J. Fontana and bassist Bill Black. The ceremony takes place April 4. (SOHH)
The rap group, consisting of Reverend Run, DMC and the late Jam Master Jay, will be the latest addition of 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. (Billboard)
Their induction will be televised and open to the public.
The ceremony, which will be in Cleveland for the first time since 1997, will be broadcast live on Fuse TV. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public for the first time in the foundation’s history during a one-day walk-up sale on Jan. 24 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame box office in Cleveland and through Ticketmaster beginning on Jan. 26. (New York Times)