In addition to veteran acts like “Mellow Yellow” crooner Donovan, the late (and quite prolific) singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and ’60s “Itchykoo Park” hit-makers Small Faces, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame will be inducting a trio of pioneering ’80s acts in 2012: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Guns N’ Roses.
The past year was a big one for the Chili Peppers. In addition to celebrating the 20th anniversary of their seminal, breakthrough alt rock album Blood Sugar Sex Magik (which contains Grammy-winning single “Give It Away” and chart smash “Under The Bridge”), the California punk-rockers released tenth studio LP I’m With You, their first album in five years. Last week I’m With You received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album. (The Peppers are also up for a Favorite Band People’s Choice Award.)
Meanwhile, in May, New York pop/punk/rap act Beastie Boys released their delayed Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. The album spawned the single “Make Some Noise”, the celeb-filled visual for which was nominated for Video Of The Year at the MTV Video Music Awards. (Alas, the Boys’ clip lost out to Katy Perry’s “Firework”.)
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is set to take place in Cleveland, Ohio next year, on April 14.