Run-DMC will be honored this year at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, becoming the second Hip-Hop group to be selected. "This year's class of inductees truly represents what the Hall of Fame is all about. From classic artists that began their careers in the 50's and 60's to those that have defined the modern sound of rock and roll," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President & CEO Joel Peresman said in a statement. "These artists demonstrate the rich diversity of rock and roll itself. We are proud to honor these artists and celebrate their contribution to rock and roll's place in our culture."
Founded by Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, and the late Jason “Jam-Master Jay” Mizell, Run-DMC was the first major rap group to appear on American Bandstand, the first rap act to chart in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 more than once, the first rap group to hit top ten on a pop chart, and the first rap act to release an RIAA-certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum album, not to mention the first rap act to be on the cover of Rolling Stone.