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article imageRock Hall of Fame nominates Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

By Kim I. Hartman     Dec 7, 2011 in Entertainment
Cleveland - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its list of musicians and non-performers to be inducted at the annual ceremony in 2012. Topping the list this year is the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Guns N' Roses, Laura Nyro, Donovan and Small Faces.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, best known for "Under the Bridge," "Californication," and "Give It Away," hit the rock scene in 1983 in Los Angeles. "They have sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won 7 Grammy's, and charted 9 songs into the Top 40 on Billboard's Hot 100."
Guns N' Roses joins the Chili Peppers on the list of honorees and is the only band who was "inducted on their first year of eligibility," notes Rolling Stone. Artists are eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first record, according to the Hall of Fame criteria for selection.
When asked about the possibility of reunion performance, Axl Rose, lead singer for Guns N' Roses, said in interview that aired on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, "I don't completely rule out the possibility for a reunion. I don't know what it means in terms of me with the old band and the old lineup. If we were to be invited, I don't know what they would ask of me. It's up in the air."
Former drummer Steven Adler told Rolling Stone that he was skeptical if a Rose would consent to a performance with the original band. "You figure that time heals all wounds. But some people just really hold a crazy grudge. Can't we just be people who played music and accomplished a huge goal in their life and just play a couple songs? It's only rock & roll, my god! It's not rocket science."
The Beastie Boys, who began their musical career in 1979 as a hardcore punk band, then transitioned into hip-hop group, joins the list of nominees who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame at their yearly event held in April in Cleveland. Their single "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!),” became a teenage party anthem of the 1980’s, says their Hall of Fame bio.
Nominated for the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which replaced the Non Performer category at the Hall, and is awarded by a special committee to industry professionals who have had a major influence on the development of rock and roll music, was the legendary Don Kirshner.
Kirshner was a major influence in creating the musical careers of the Monkees and the Archies. He hosted the long-running live-music television show Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, which featured "performances by a who’s who of rock luminaries, including the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, the Ramones and the Allman Brothers Band." Kirshner died in January 2011.
Nominees to the Hall of Fame are selected by a committee established by the Foundation. Ballots are sent to over 500 rock and roll professional and organizations who cast votes for the inductees who are eligible for the performer category.
Musician who didn't receive the nod from the Hall this year include Donna Summer, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Heart and Rufus with Chaka Khan," reports AP.
Inducted into the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper Band, Dr John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits as its 2011 performer inductees
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