Pioneering rap group Run-DMC have been selected to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in Ohio this spring.
Run-DMC will be among other legendary artists to be honored at the event.
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. (Los Angeles Times)
Rap artist inductions at the annual ceremony are very rare.
Run-D.M.C. 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)