The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010 was recently announced and rap icon LL Cool J failed to make the cut.
This was the first year the Queens MC was nominated for the honor. So far there are only two rap acts that have been admitted into the Hall, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, who were inducted in 2007 and Run D.M.C., who were credited at last year’s celebration.
Other acts that failed to make it into the Hall of Fame this year were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, Donna Summer and Laura Nyro, among others. The Stooges, Genesis and ABBA will receive their honors on March 15, 2010 in New York’s Waldorf Astoria.
To date, LL has one of the longest running careers in hip-hop, bursting onto the scene with his first single, “I Need A Beat” in 1984. The rap vet is one of hip-hop’s first genuine superstars, with a total of eight platinum-selling albums throughout his 25-year career and two Grammy awards. As the first artists to sign with seminal rap label Def Jam Recordings, the Queens-bred MC went on to also star in movies and TV, with his own sitcom In the House in the 90s. He’s currently starring alongside Chris O’Donnell in the hit series, NCIS: Los Angeles. —Elan Mancini