LL Cool J Receives Nomination for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The ballot for 2010's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been released and rounding out the diverse list of artists, which includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Donna Summer, is Queens, NY, rapper, LL Cool J.
LL was lucky enough to score the nomination in his first year of eligibility, which is 25 years from the release of his debut album 'Radio,' in 1985. The rapper told Rolling Stone that receiving the Hall of Fame nod was one of the most memorable moments in his twenty five-year music career.
"I don't even think I can describe it. In terms of music, it's probably the happiest moment for me since I got my break," he said. "My break was the moment I was called by Rick Rubin and he said, 'Come down, let's make some records.' Now they are nominating me for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it makes me feel like it mattered a little bit. It's cool. It's a great feeling."
If he is successfully inducted into the Hall of Fame, LL will be the third hip-hop act to officially make the cut. Previous inductees were Run-DMC in 2008 and Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five in 2007. In January, 500 voters will decide which five inductees will officially make it into the Hall of Fame and the ceremony will be held at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, on March 15, 2010.
LL Cool J has released 12 solo albums during the span of his career, with the most recent being 2008's 'Exit 13.' The rapper already has several musical honors under his belt, including two Grammy Awards for "Best Rap Solo Performance," in both 1991 and 1996.