Beastie Boys inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | Music News

After fighting for the right to party for over two decades, Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mix Master Mike” Schwartz — known collectively as the Beastie Boys — were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this weekend, the latest achievement in a decorated career of loud music-making.

“They have had one of the richest, most important careers in hip-hop and rock, introducing rap to a huge new audience and then pushing the frontiers of what a hip-hop group could do,” says the Beasties’ nomination essay on the Rock Hall of Fame website. The Beastie Boys is the third Hip-Hop act to be inducted to the Rock Hall, following Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Run-DMC.

After being introduced and celebrated by rap legends Chuck D and LL Cool J (“Artistically, they are our role models. They made up their own rules,” Chuck D said), Horowitz, Schwartz and Diamond accepted the honor at the induction ceremony, as Yauch was unable to attend for reasons undisclosed but likely related to his ongoing cancer treatments.

In 2009, Yauch was diagnosed with cancer of the preaortic gland and lymph node.

During the acceptance speech, Horovitz read a letter from Yauch thanking the group’s friends, family and colleagues.

“This induction is as much ours as it us yours,” Yauch wrote.

Despite Yauch’s illness and absence, the remaining Beasties’ speeches focused on the positive, thanking the artists that inspired them and praising their hometown of New York City.

The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame list of inductees also includes The Miracles (inducted by their lead singer, 1987 inductee Smokey Robinson), The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N’ Roses, among others. See the full list of 2012 inductees here.

WATCH: Highlights from the induction ceremony. (The Beastie Boys part starts at the 1:17 mark.)

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