Run-DMC and Metallica will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, MTV.com reports. The two groups—along with Jeff Beck, Bobby Womack, and Wanda Jackson—will receive rock’s highest accolade in a ceremony April 4 in Cleveland. The two headlining picks may be attempts by the Hall to address concerns it has been slow to accept newer genres.
Run-DMC and Metallica both vaulted their respective genres into the mainstream. Since helping to define thrash metal with its 1983 debut album, Kill ‘Em All, Metallica has broadened its sound to become one of the biggest bands in the world. Run-DMC, which also debuted in 1983 with its single “It’s Like That,” was the first hip-hop group to get recognition from mainstream rock media such as MTV and Rolling Stone.