By Tamara Palmer
It’s center stage for the Beastie Boys today, as the group was announced as one of the 2012 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The trio is only the third hip-hop group to make the cut, following Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s induction in 2007 and Run-D.M.C.’s in 2009. Other acts honored this year include rock groups Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns ‘N Roses and ‘60s singer Donovan.
Artists only become eligible for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination–which is determined by music industry professionals and not a public vote–after their first record has been out for 25 years. The Beastie Boys’ debut album Licensed to Ill was released in 1986, giving it the quarter-century stamp necessary for qualification. Legendary rap duo Eric B. & Rakim were also nominated this year, but did not make the final list of artists who will be honored in a ceremony on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio.
It’s been a busy year indeed for the Boys, who finally dropped the long-awaited album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two and debuted the short film, “Fight For Your Right Revisited,” at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The group has said that they’re looking forward to recording a new album and touring once member Adam Yauch makes an expected full recovery from salivary gland cancer.