Rap, metal giants get first-ballot Hall pass


Run-D.M.C. once hailed themselves as the Kings of Rock, so it's fitting that the pioneering rappers have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The collective joins metal band Metallica, guitarist Jeff Beck, soul singer Bobby Womack and doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials in this year's class.

Run-D.M.C. was the first rap act to achieve widespread mainstream success and the first to notch a platinum album. Rappers Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and their DJ, the late Jam Master Jay, broke through in 1986 with a remake of "Walk This Way," which featured Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. It reached the national top 5.

Simmons and McDaniels will perform at the induction for the first time since Jam Master Jay was shot to death in 2002.

Like Run-D.M.C., Metallica made its debut 25 years ago and became pioneers in its genre, with a thrashing speed-metal sound.

The Los Angeles-bred quartet exploded worldwide with its eponymous 1991 album, which has sold more than 14 million copies in the U.S. Its 2008 release, "Death Magnetic," hit No. 1 in more than two dozen countries.

The enshrinement will be the second for Beck, who was inducted with the Yardbirds in 1992.

Womack was part of the Womack Brothers and later earned solo stardom in the 1960s and '70s.

Little Anthony and the Imperials had a string of hits starting with "Tears on My Pillow" in 1958.

Also Hall-bound are rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson as an early influencer and a trio of sidemen: session pianist Spooner Oldham and Elvis Presley's rhythm section of drummer D.J. Fontana and bassist Bill Black.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.