Chili Peppers, Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys in Hall of Fame

Wed Dec 7, 2011 12:37pm EST
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By Chris Michaud

(Reuters) - Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys were among this year's inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the hall announced on Wednesday.

Joining the acts were posthumous inductees 1960s singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and producer Don Kirshner, who died earlier this year.

Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan will also be inducted, along with Small Faces/Faces, Freddie King, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns.

The choices will ensure a wide-ranging show this year as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony returns to its home in Cleveland, Ohio, in April for its 27th annual event, when the 11 music business giants will be honored.

Joel Peresman, president and chief executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said this year's inductees "represent the broad spectrum of artists that define rock and roll."

The Beastie Boys, who have straddled punk and hip-hop since their debut album "Licensed to Ill" in 1986, and Guns N' Roses, which the hall lauded as "one of the most dynamic and explosive hard rock bands in history," should deliver high-energy performances at the ceremony.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s and known for a funky mixture of metal, hip-hop and pop, can also be counted on to give the show an edge.

By contrast Donovan (full name Donovan Leitch) started out as a folk singer and achieved fame for 1960s hits such as "Sunshine Superman" - which the hall noted "ignited the psychedelic revolution virtually single handedly" - and "Season of the Witch."   Continued...