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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 Inductees Announced

Paul Natkin/WireImage(CLEVELAND) -- Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys are among the acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Donovan, Laura Nyro and The Small Faces/Faces have also been named as inductees, and the late bluesman Freddie King will be inducted as an early influence.  The induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 14.

Guns N’ Roses and Small Faces/Faces made it in their first nomination.  The Beastie Boys, Donovan, Nyro and The Red Hot Chili Peppers have previously been nominated but failed to make the cut until now.

Guns N' Roses crashed onto the scene 25 years ago with the debut album Appetite for Destruction, which according to the Recording Industry of America, has sold some 18 million copies.

The Small Faces first arrived in the 1960s and by the 70s -- after several lineup changes including the arrival of singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood -- became simply Faces.

The Beastie Boys -- Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “MCA” Yauch -- made their mark in 1987 with (“You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party).”

L.A.’s Red Hot Chili Peppers and its still active founding members Anthony Kiedis and Michael “Flea” Balzary arrived in the 80s with its funky alternative rock sound.  The band’s biggest hit is the ballad “Under the Bridge.”

The Scottish folk singer Donovan was big in the 1960s with hits such as “Sunshine Superman” and “Mellow Yellow.”

Laura Nyro was a New York City singer/songwriter whose tunes became hits for others.  The band Blood, Sweat and Tears scored a top 10 hit with Nyro’s “And When I Die.”  Nyro died in 1997.

The list of nonperforming inductees includes the late producer Don Kirshner and record producers and engineers Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns and Cosimo Matassa.

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