As soon as NBA Hall of Famer, Michael Jordan, was eligible for induction, he was immediately voted in. The same cannot be said for hip-hop's own legend, LL Cool J. The rap icon failed to make the list as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010 was recently announced.
While this was the first year that the Queens MC was nominated for the honor, no word has been given by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee committee as to why LL Cool J didn't make it.
To credit LL Cool J, he has one of the longest running careers in hip-hop, spanning 25 years and is truly one of hip-hop's first genuine superstars. With 13 albums under his belt, a total of eight of them going platinum, and two Grammy awards, LL Cool J was the first artist to sign with Def Jam Records. The superstar lyricist then went on to star in movies and TV, with his own sitcom, “In the House,” airing in the 90s.
Only two rap acts that have been admitted into the Hall to date—Grandmaster Flash and the Furious five, who were inducted in 2007, and fellow Queens, NY natives— Run D.M.C., who were awarded with the honor at last year's celebration.
The Stooges, Genesis and ABBA will all receive their Hall of Fame honors on March 15th, 2010 in New York's Waldorf Astoria. Currently, LL Cool J is the star of CBS series, "NCIS: Los Angeles" alongside Chris O'Donnell.