Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 Inductees: Beastie Boys In
This year's musician class also includes singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, '60s folk rocker Donovan, Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood's the Faces/Small Faces and late blues legend Freddie King, who will be inducted as an early influence.
Don Kirshner, an executive, songwriter and one of the creators of the Monkees, and producers Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns and Cosimo Matassa round out this year's class.
Among this year's snubs are first-time nominees the Cure, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Heart and Eric B and Rakim. Donna Summer, Rufus with Chaka Khan and Heart also failed to garner the necessary support.
The buzz about this year's ceremony, set for April 14 in Cleveland, will be whether or not Guns N' Roses' classic lineup and the Beastie Boys will perform. GNR's principal members, Axl Rose and Slash, have been embroiled in a bitter feud since the guitarist left the band in 1997.
The Beastie Boys haven't performed since member Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in his parotid gland in 2009. The hip-hop trio released their eighth studio album, 'Hot Sauce Committee Part Two' earlier this year.
The Chili Peppers are pretty much a lock to perform, considering they're touring the U.S. in 2012 behind their latest album, 'I'm With You.' They don't have a show set for April 14.