LL Cool J Rocks & Rolls Into Hall Of Fame Bid

Hip-Hop veteran LL Cool J has once again been nominated as a candidate for the 2011 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cool J's bid is just one of other nominees which include the Beastie Boys.

The group encompasses greats from punk-inspired rap to shock-rock. Among the 15 nominees is the rap trio the Beastie Boys, one of rap's most enduring icons, LL Cool J, New rock warhorses Bon Jovi, and shock rocker Alice Cooper. Also in this year's group of nominees is Alice Cooper and the gravel-voiced troubadour Tom Waits. (ABC News)

Inductees will be announced later this year.

The inductees will be announced in December, and the 26th annual induction ceremony will be held on March 14 at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. Artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first single or album, and the awards are voted on by more than 500 music professionals. (New York Times)

After LL lost out on an induction last December, Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz was vocal on his issues with the Rock and Roll Hall of panel.

"how they not let LL cool J in the rock n roll hall of fame yet?," he asked Wednesday (December 16) night. "LL cool J is one of the first rappers that ever reached out to give me encouragement early on. He didnt even know me just a good dude. @menima27 not many at all. Alot of arrogant a**holes in this biz. I got stories yall." (Joell Ortiz's Twitter)

Former XXL Magazine Editor In Chief Elliot Wilson also let his voice be heard on LL's missed spot.

"F*ck the stats. I can't believe the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame chose to not induct him," he wrote on his website. "Last year, you put [Run-DMC] in and now you front on LL? The man who designed the blueprint of what a solo hip-hop star could be. This is beyond my comprehension. Disrespectful. So so so disrespectful. This is his first year of eligibility so I'm sure this will be rectified soon but still the moment's ruined. If I was Todd, I'd tell 'em to kiss my black a**. You only get a first time to do the right thing." (Rap Radar)

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