American rock band Guns N’ Roses are to be honored alongside The Beastie Boys, Scots folk singer Donovan and late singer Laura Nyro on 14 April 2012.
Guns N’ Roses are known for their hits, ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’
Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Faces are also among the 15 shortlisted artists. Faces member Rod Stewart, who was inducted to the Rock Hall in 1994 as a solo artist, said it was ‘a thrill and honor to make it in the Hall of Fame a second time’.
“We were always synonymous with a good party and with this list of fellow artists being inducted I’m looking forward to it and it’s a hell of a good reason to reunite and celebrate with my old mates,” Stewart added.
The British group are being recognized in both their guises – as The Small Faces with lead singer Steve Marriott, and as The Faces fronted by Stewart.
Guns N’ Roses and The Faces were inducted on their first time in the ballot, while The Chili Peppers had to wait until their second try.
The Beastie Boys and Nyro were also denied the honor twice before making it this time around.
Nominations for the performers category are selected by a small committee and are then voted on by around five hundred experts across the world. However, the nominations process has been criticized for a lack of transparency.
The induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland this year, just the third time in its 27-year history that the event has taken place in the museum’s home city instead of New York.