The Kings from Queens, Run-DMC, are officially royalty now. Run-DMC, it was announced today, is nominated for the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joining a possible induction class that includes Metallica and Bobby Womack, among others.
The three-man crew, comprised of Rev. Run, DMC, and the last Jam Master Jay will undoubtedly get voted in. When they do, the two MC/one DJ group will be only the second hip-hop group inducted; last year Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five made it in.
Run-DMC are true pioneers. The group achieved a number of firsts in the hip-hop world. The act was the first to score gold, platinum, and multi-platinum rap albums. Run-DMC was also the first hip-hop act to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, first to have a rap video appear on MTV, and first hip-hoppers to sign an endorsement deal, when they inked an arrangement for Adidas.—LaTisha Robbins