Rap veteran LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys have been snubbed from being officially inducted into the annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City next year.
Instead of the former Def Jam artists, today’s announced inductees include music legends like Neil Diamond.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to admit a new class: Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Dr. John have all been inducted for 2011, the foundation announced Wednesday. With the exception of Waits, this was a first time nomination for all of the inductees. Artists aren’t eligible for induction until 25 years have passed from the release of their first single or LP. The 26th annual ceremony to celebrate the inductees will go down on March 14, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, and will be broadcast on Fuse. (CNN)
Following last September’s announcement of Cool J as an inductee, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons vouched his support for the rap mogul.
“Nothing makes me happier than seeing the greatest of all time, LL Cool J, getting nominated to become a member of the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame. I remember when Todd was just a young, runaway kid who kept sending his demo tape to Rick Rubin‘s dorm room. When we first listened to his tape, we knew we had to make Todd part of the Def Jam family. Over the years, Todd made hit after hit, and maybe only to Jay-Z, he has the most hits in hip-hop history…at least in my book. But more importantly than being a hit maker, Todd has always said yes when asked to give back to his community. I have asked him to do many, many things and he has NEVER said no. He is a true friend and someone who truly deserves to [be] immortalized in the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame. (Global Grind)
After LL lost out on an induction last December, Slaughterhouse’s Joell Ortiz was vocal on his issues with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame panel.
“how they not let LL cool J in the rock n roll hall of fame yet?,” he asked Wednesday (December 16) night. “LL cool J is one of the first rappers that ever reached out to give me encouragement early on. He didnt even know me just a good dude. @menima27 not many at all. Alot of arrogant a**holes in this biz. I got stories yall.” (Joell Ortiz’s Twitter)
Former XXL Magazine Editor In Chief Elliott Wilson also let his voice be heard on LL’s missed spot.
“F*ck the stats. I can’t believe the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame chose to not induct him,” Wilson wrote on his RapRadar website. “Last year, you put [Run-DMC] in and now you front on LL? The man who designed the blueprint of what a solo hip-hop star could be. This is beyond my comprehension. Disrespectful. So so so disrespectful. This is his first year of eligibility so I’m sure this will be rectified soon but still the moment’s ruined. If I was Todd, I’d tell ‘em to kiss my black a**. You only get a first time to do the right thing.” (Rap Radar)
Check out some recent LL Cool J footage down below: