Almost 25 years after they first earned a License to Ill, The Beastie Boys are taking their place in music history as 2012 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Brooklyn trio of Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock will join the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns & Roses, Donovan and others in an April 14 ceremony admitting them to the hallowed pantheon in Cleveland, OH.
The Beastie Boys, who released their critically acclaimed eighth album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, in May of this year, have been on something of a hiatus since Adam Yauch, aka, MCA, announced he had cancer in 2009.
Since forming in the '80s, the group has been cited as influential in taking hip hop to the mainstream and has been named to several "Greatest Artists of All Time" lists. The Beastie Boys have topped the Billboard charts four times and won three Grammy awards, most recently for 2008's experimental instrumental album The Mix-Up.
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