Rock Hall announces list of presenters, Chris Rock, John Mellencamp and Chuck D to induct Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan and Beastie Boys

By Daniel S Levine,

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the list of celebrities who will induct the 2012 inductees, which includes the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan and the Small Faces/The Faces.

In the announcement on Tuesday, the Rock Hall revealed that comedian Chris Rock will induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers, while “Jack and Diane” singer John Mellencamp will induct folk legend Donovan.

According to MTV News, the Beastie Boys will be inducted by hip-hop icon and Public Enemy front man Chuck D. His work was an influence on the group and Public enemy and the Beastie Boys’ first albums were released just two months apart. Public Enemy also opened for the Beastie Boys when they toured to support their first album, License to Ill.

The rest of the presenters include The E Street Band’s Steve Van Zant, who has been called to induct the Small Faces/The Faces; Bette Midler for Laura Nyro; Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill for Freddie King; and Carole King will speak about the late Don Kirshner. Guitarist Robbie Robertson will induct Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns, who will be honored with Awards for Musical Excellence for their technical contributions to music. Smokey Robinson will honor the sidemen who will be inducted, The Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters and the Miracles.

Rolling Stone reports that the Rock Hall, which is located in Cleveland, will air the April 14 induction ceremony on HBO on May 5. It is just the third time in the 26-year history of the Rock Hall will actually hold the ceremony in Cleveland.

As part of the week of events before the ceremony, the Rock Hall will open an exhibit devoted to the Grateful Dead.

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