In the wake of Adam Yauch's passing, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces that the late rapper will be remembered at the end of the show that airs this Saturday, May 5. A photo of the Beastie Boys star will be shown to close the event with text that read "In Memory of Adam Yauch".
In addition to the Yauch tribute, the induction ceremony that was taped on April 14 had been changed to include Levon Helm and Dick Clark during the In Memoriam section. The member of The Band died on April 19, while the former "New Year's Rockin' Eve" host passed away one day prior.
The induction of 2012 Hall of Famers took place at Public Hall in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, during which Beastie Boys were introduced by Chuck D. Yauch was unable to attend the event, but his parents were in attendance. He also sent a letter that was read to audience by fellow bandmate Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz.
"I'd like to dedicate this award to my brothers, Adam and Mike, who've walked the globe with me," the letter read as quoted by Billboard. "To anyone who's been touched by our band, who our music has meant something to, this induction is as much ours as it is yours."
"To my loving and supportive parents, Noel and Frances Yauch, and to our home in Brooklyn where we used to practice on hot Brooklyn days after school, windows wide open to disturb the neighborhood," his message continued.
He added, "But most of all I'd like to thank and dedicate this honor to my smart, beautiful and loving wife Dechen and our sweet, talented, loving daughter Tenzin. Never has a man felt more blessed than I to be able to spend my time with my two soulmates. I love you guys more than you know."
Yauch concluded, "I wish I could name everyone who deserves to be named, but of course there's too many names to name. You know who you are, and I sent my love out to all of you."
Adam "MCA" Yauch lost his battle against cancer at the age of 47 on Friday, May 4. The likes of Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, P. Diddy and Nas have since remembered the rapper and expressed their grief over his passing.