LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, two pioneering acts in hip hop, are among the list of 14 nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. In order to be eligible for induction, nominees must have released their first single or album before 1986. LL dropped his single “I Need A Beat” in 1984 and released his debut album Radio the following year. The Beastie Boys dropped their critically acclaimed debut album Licensed To Ill in 1986.
|Def Jam co-founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons|
Both LL and the Beasties had Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin, a well known figure in hip hop and rock and roll, behind their debuts.
In order to be inducted into the Hall, nominees must receive at least 50 percent of votes among the 500 voters, who are all in the music industry and selected by the Hall. This is LL’s second nomination and the first for the Beasties.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president Joel Peresman stated, “We believe our nominating committee has put forth a list of artists that truly represents the wide variety of music that defines rock and roll.”