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Our take on this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees: Should the Beastie Boys, Guns 'N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others get in?

This year’s crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have just been announced, and it’s the usual weird assortment of mega-band veterans and less-known innovators. So who will actually get inducted come April? I have no idea. But here’s my personal take on who I think deserves to get in. Disagree? Weigh in below!

Should they get in?
Definitely. When Licensed To Ill came out in 1986, nobody could have predicted all that brat-rap bravado marked the launch of one of the next two decades’ major artists. But the album was a blockbuster (the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200), and the followup, Paul’s Boutique, remains one of hip-hop’s greatest achievements. They’ve been pumping out consistently innovative and entertaining albums ever since.

Should they get in? Yes. Dock points for the hair-spray-attack fashion crimes (is there a bad-hair Hall of Fame?), but this is one of the best bands of the past 30 years, from perky hits like “Close To Me” to moody masterpiece Disintegration.

Should he get in?
Probably not. I like “Catch the Wind” and some other tunes just fine, but there’s a reason he’s never made the cut before: Donovan’s dippy sunshine folk just hasn’t aged well. READ FULL STORY

Guns N' Roses, Joan Jett, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, and the Cure all nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Yes, folks, it’s that time of the year again. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released its nominations for the class of 2012 and the list is as follows: Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Cure, Heart, Eric B. and Rakim, the Small Faces/Faces, Rufus with Chaka Khan, War, Laura Nyro, Donovan, Freddy King, and the Spinners. Those who receive enough votes will be inducted on April 14, 2012, at the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

As always with the list of nominees, several questions immediately spring to mind. Will this be the year for the Beasties and the Chili Peppers, both of whom have been nominated before (as have Nyro, War, and Donovan)? Has the Hall of Fame done enough — or too much — to highlight the creative contributions of hip-hop to “rock and roll”? And will the classic, ’80s-era lineup of Guns N’ Roses reunite to play, call each other names, or compare rehab facilities?

Send us your thoughts!

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MTV 2011 VMAs: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Adele big winners

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Adele all won multiple Moon Men at the MTV 2011 Video Music Awards. Perry’s “Firework” won for Video of the Year, and she also took home a trophy with Kanye West for Best Collaboration for their sci-fi fantasia “E.T.” Perry harkened back to a previous VMAs show in her acceptance speech when she told her co-winner, “Now this is the time when you want to interrupt me, Kanye!” Lady Gaga — who spent the entire night dressed as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone — won Best Female and Best Video with a Message. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” meanwhile, took home multiple behind-the-scenes awards for editing, art direction, and cinematography.

Other winners included Britney Spears (who also took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award), Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Foo Fighters, and Tyler, The Creator. Check out a full list below:


Beastie Boys battle baddies in action figure form in Spike Jonze-directed 'Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win' video: Watch it here!

The Beastie Boys have always been on the cutting edge when it comes to making music videos, but their latest winning streak might be unprecedented even for them.

After the hilarious triumph that was “Make Some Noise,” the Boys have unleashed their second clip from their excellent comeback album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. It’s called “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,” features Santigold, stars a handful of awesomely low-fi action figures, and was directed by Spike Jonze (who also lensed classic Beastie clips like “Sabotage” and “Sure Shot.”)

Want to see one of the best videos of the year? Watch the whole thing after the jump.


Beastie Boys' 'Hot Sauce Committee Part Two' now streaming in full online: Read our review here

Ch-check it out: Due to some unauthorized rhymin’ and stealin’ (or more accurately, stealing of rhymes by lawless internet goblins), the Beastie Boys’ long-awaited Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is now streaming in full here.

The stream is accompanied by a note from the band explaining its appearance a full week in advance of Sauce‘s May 3 street date:

Good people, unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the “clean” version of our new album, The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2 has leaked. So as a hostile and retaliatory measure with great hubris we are making the full explicit aka filthy dirty nasty version available for streaming on our site. We hope this brings much happiness, hugs, and harmony. Enjoy Kikoos for life!

Thank you, The Management

And without further ado, EW’s review–also to be found in this Friday’s print edition: READ FULL STORY

Watch Beastie Boys' 'Make Some Noise' video, part of celebrity-packed 'Fight For Your Right Revisited' short film

If you can’t wait until midnight to flip on MTV2/mtvU/VH1 Classic and watch Fight For Your Right Revisited — a star-stuffed short film by the Beastie Boys that debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival — it’s time to get ill right now. MTV has just posted a five-minute-plus video for “Make Some Noise,” which is the first single from the Beasties’ new album Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2, and part of the 22-minute film. The action picks up where the video for 1986’s “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)” left off, and boasts lots of shattering glass and celebrities ranging from Elijah Wood to Seth Rogen to Danny McBride to Chloe Sevigny to… well, you’ll see when you press play. And brace yourself for a creepy cowbell performance by Will Ferrell. READ FULL STORY

Beastie Boys drop star-studded trailer for 'Fight For Your Right Revisited': Watch Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Seth Rogen and more here

Apparently, it’s National Beastie Boys Day on the Internet.

Not only did the online universe get to hear a brand new track from the trio’s forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, but they also unleashed the cameo-riffic trailer for their new short film Fight For Your Right Revisited. Check it out here (though you might want to wear headphones, as there are a few bad words):


Beastie Boys bring back the funk on new single 'Make Some Noise'

It’s been a rough decade for the Beastie Boys, as they’ve faced problems both personal (like Adam Yauch’s cancer, which has put the group on the back burner for the better part of two years) and professional (their last proper album, 2004’s To the Five Boroughs, was met with general apathy).

But now, Yauch is in better health and the trio has unleashed the single “Make Some Noise” from their long-delayed new album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. And the Boys seem to have found their musical groove again—listen to the track at their official site now.


Beastie Boys reveal updated 'Hot Sauce Committee' title, release plan

Beastie-BoysImage Credit: Nathaniel HornblowerThe Beastie Boys are still working on the spicy project that was sidelined by Adam “MCA” Yauch’s cancer treatment last year.

The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees revealed today that they plan to release an album titled Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 next spring, instead of Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, which was once expected this fall. It remains unclear whether there will be any tracklist overlap between Part 2 and the previously announced Part 1.

The Beasties’ cryptically worded statement in full: “Although we regret to inform you that Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 will continue to be delayed indefinitely, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 will be released on time as originally planned in spring of 2011.”

Hot Sauce will be the Beasties’ first album since 2007’s instrumental The Mix-Up. Looking forward hearing it? Let us know in comments.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2011 nominees include Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, LL Cool J: Who got left out?

bon-jovi-beatie-boys-summersImage Credit: Chris Walter/; Ebet Roberts Redferns/Getty Images; Lester Cohen/Wireimage.comThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced its latest class of nominees via press release. The list of 15 artists covers a broad range of eras and sounds, from rock (Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi) to pop (Neil Diamond, Chic, Donna Summer) to folk (Donovan) to hip-hop (Beastie Boys, LL Cool J) and more. Inductees will be announced in December and honored at a ceremony next March.

As always, plenty of eligible acts didn’t make this first round. Last week names like Rush, T. Rex, the Smiths, Joan Jett, and KISS came up as potential nominees; none of them got the nod this time. (UPDATE: Rush documentary director responds to Hall of Fame snub: “It’s unfortunate”)

Take a look at the full list of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees after the jump. Then let us know who you think the most egregious omissions are. Bear in mind that eligible artists must have debuted in 1985 or earlier. And, hey, if there’s anyone you’re glad the Hall did nominate — personally, I was psyched to see Chic, Darlene Love, and the Beastie Boys on the list — let us know about that, too. READ FULL STORY

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