Rap pioneers Public Enemy will be part of rock and roll history when their group gets officially entered into the Hall of Fame in Cleveland this April 18. An induction ceremony will take place on Thursday night to mark the celebration, set to be held from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
The rap crew will become the first ever hip-hop act to perform at the annual star-studded affair, which will be seen by TV viewers a month after on May 18 over at HBO. Joining them on their debut performance are two-time Oscar nominee Spike Lee and two-time Grammy winner Harry Belafonte, who both will also induct the group.
This is, however, not the first time a hip-hop act is inducted to the Hall of Fame, with Public Enemy already being the fourth such group to join the elite ranks. Led by Chuck D and Flavor Flav, the Long Island crew helped shape rap into the genre that it is today by making their music for more than three decades now.
The other artists in the roster this year are rock bands Heart and Rush, record producers Quincy Jones and Lou Adler, and musician Randy Newman. The late disco queen Donna Summer and blues guitarist Albert King will both be posthumously entered into the Hall of Fame.
Performing during the ceremony in honor of the inductees are R 'n' B superstar Usher, belters Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson and the legendary Carole King. Those performing in pairs for each of their assigned honorees are Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell, California rock veterans John Fogerty and Jackson Browne, "Sound City" documentary maker Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, and Blues singer John Mayer and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. .