Hip-Hop trio The Beastie Boys will officially be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, the organization announced today (December 7).
The legendary rap trio, which began their recording career on Def Jam Recordings, will be inducted along with a number of other famous groups.
In addition to The Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces, Cosimo Matassa, Don Kirshner, Freddie King, Donovan, Glyn Johns and legendary engineer Tom Dowd are being inducted.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame foundation was founded in 1983, to recognize the contributions of artists executives and engineers who have helped the evolution of the music business.
Artists must have released an album at least 25 years prior to the year of their induction, while demonstrating “unquestionable musical excellence.”
Over 500 Rock and Roll Historians and music experts make up the nominating committee, which decides what artists will be inducted each year.
The Beastie Boys and the other musicians will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland, on April 14.