To be inducted by Chuck D
Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and Adam Yauch, three Jewish-born musicians from New York City, comprise the Beastie Boys. The group released its debut album “Licensed to Ill” in 1986. It was hip-hop’s first-ever No. 1 album and broke new ground in the genre.
The group helped to introduce rap to a new audience, attracting party-crazy teens and hip-hop fans to the craze with songs like “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!),” “Brass Monkey,” and “Paul Revere.”
The trio was also active on the political front, organizing the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, a series of rock festivals in North America, Europe and Asia in the mid- to late-90s that supported Tibetan independence.
In the last 10 years, Michael, Adam H. and Adam Y. have recorded three studio albums: 2004’s “To the Five Boroughs,” 2007’s “The Mix-Up,” and 2011’s “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.”