Beastie Boys Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Tribute: Watch

A day after the tragic death of Beastie Boys‘ MC Adam Yauch, HBO broadcast last month’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, which featured a tribute to the band — with Travie McCoy, Kid Rock and Black Thought standing in for the trio. HBO, which decided Friday (May 4) to dedicate the show to Yauch, made late revisions to the broadcast, ending it with a photo of the late MC and on-screen text reading: “In Memory of Adam Yauch.”

The Beasties’ tribute performance, with Questlove of The Roots providing the beat, included renditions of all-time classics “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” “So What’cha Want,” “Sabotage” and “The New Style” before an audience that knew all too well that Yauch was in the late stages of his battle with cancer. More details below.

Yauch was too ill to attend the event, which was recorded April 14 at the Rock Hall in Cleveland, and sent a letter of gratitude instead. Fellow Beasties Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond attended and collected their trophies, but — unlike other inductees — declined to perform. (Other artists inducted, such as Guns N’ Roses, performed despite missing one or more early members).

Yauch’s Rock Hall letter read:

I’d like to dedicate this award to my brothers, Adam and Mike, who’ve walked the globe with me.

To anyone who’s been touched by our band, who our music has meant something to, this induction is as much ours as it is yours. To Kate Schellenbach. To John Berry. To John Berry’s loft on 100th St. in Brooklyn where John’s dad would come busting in during our first practices screaming, “Would you turn that f***ing s*** off already!”…

To my loving and supportive parents, Noel and Frances Yauch, and to our home in Brooklyn where we used to practice on hot Brooklyn days after school, windows wide open to disturb the neighborhood…

But most of all I’d like to thank and dedicate this honor to my smart, beautiful and loving wife Dechen and our sweet, talented, loving daughter Tenzin. Never has a man felt more blessed than I to be able to spend my time with my two soulmates. I love you guys more than you know.

I wish I could name everyone who deserves to be named, but of course there’s too many names to name. You know who you are, and I sent my love out to all of you.

Your friend, Adam Yauch.

Watch Ad-Rock and Mike D’s Rock Hall acceptance speech:

Beastie Boys were officially inducted by hip-hop legends Chuck D and LL Cool J. When the band burst onto the scene in the early ’80s, “they brought a whole new look to hip-hop,” Chuck D said.

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  • Wild Bill

    Geez, they’ll let anybody in the Hall Of Fame these days!

    • Zach

      Your a F%&#ing idiot.

  • sillysophie

    Gee… Beastie Boys famous? HELL YES ! Beasties Boys rockin rollers? F%@k YES ! Beasties Boys a perfect fit for the Hall of Fame in 2012? Do the math again if you need to.

  • Greg Franks

    It’s not just these days the rock and roll HoF is nothing but a joke and will never be anything but a joke as long as it continues to induct these want-a-be musicians.RaR HoF is full of 3rd and 4th teir could have, should have, would have been musicians if they actually had any talent. Case in point Beastie Boys and GNR. Ha rear axl rose and slash. Mean while other more deserving bands like KISS for example remain out. Come on now. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a puppet,paper award that means less everytime it is given out to anyone who managed to record at least 1 record in their career even if it wasn’t a hit.

    • dale

      I do believe that the Beasties defacate more talent than those face painted ass clowns known as KISS.

  • Sorry4You

    Sorry you missed the Beastie Boys Greg Franks. I bet you dont like spicy food either. Sorry for you.

  • Amanda

    The Beastie Boys were pioneers in the music industry and even if you are not a fan chances are that the music you listen to was influenced by them. Lots of prayers to MCA’s family and loved ones. He will be missed.

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  • Rob A DeVore

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Adam “MCA” Yauch is dead. Definitely unexpected for me. I knew he had cancer, i guess i just had hope he would pull through it. But look at it this way. The Beastie Boys lasted with the same lineup from beginning to end. They got together in ’79 and released their first mainstream album in ’86. They kept on going and made many classics from “Fight for your Right” to “Sabotage” to “Intergalactic.” Most of their albums were very successful and the fact that they stayed together, remained loyal to each other, and continued making hits until the end is something you can’t say about many bands or music groups at all. To say that they don’t deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is just proof that you, sir, are one of the idiots in this age of smart phones and stupid people.