LL Cool J Denied Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Honor
LL Cool J has a number of accolades to brag about, but unfortunately he won’t be able to add the Rock Roll Hall of fame to the list just yet. The self-proclaimed ‘G.O.A.T’ (Greatest of All Time) failed to make the cut this time around and although he meets the criteria to be an honoree, he isn’t the only one who didn’t make the roster. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, disco queen Donna Summer, R&B vocalist Darlene Love and wall-of-sound girl group the Chantels were also excluded.
LL has yet to comment to the media about being overlooked for the prestigious award, but others who believe he is worthy aren’t holding back. Slaughterhouse‘s Joell Ortiz took to his Twitter page to say how he felt. “How [are] they not [going to] let LL Cool J in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame yet? LL Cool J is one of the first rappers that ever reached out to give me encouragement early on.”
Former XXL Editor-In-Chief Elliot Wilson also spoke out about the snub. “F— the stats. I can’t believe the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame chose to not induct him,” he said via his Web site Rapradar.com. “Last year, you put [Run-DMC] in and now you front on LL? The man who designed the blueprint of what a solo hip-hop star could be. This is beyond my comprehension. Disrespectful. So so so disrespectful. This is his first year of eligibility so I’m sure this will be rectified soon but still the moment’s ruined. If I was Todd I’d tell’ em to kiss my black a–. You only get a first time to do the right thing.”
To be considered an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, it’s standard for an act to have released their first single or album 25 years prior to the nomination. This years inductees were chosen by 500 voters part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Last year hip-hop legends Run-DMC received the honor and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5 in 2007.
The 2010 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on March 15, at the Waldorf-Asotria in New York and air live on Fuse.