Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Dedicated to Beastie Boys ‘MCA’ Adam Yauch
A spokesman for HBO spoke with Billboard and announced that the end of the televised ceremony was altered to feature a photograph of and dedication to Yauch, who passed away at the age of 47 yesterday, May 4, following a nearly three-year long battle with cancer. It was the second adjustment made to the pre-taped event, as the ‘In Memoriam’ was already altered to include Dick Clark and Levon Helm, both of whom died after filming.
The hip-hop trio were inducted on April 14, but Yauch was too ill to attend the ceremony in Cleveland. Yauch’s bandmates and parents stood in for him. The Beastie Boys did not perform, but were honored with a medley of their hits by Travie McCoy, the Roots and Kid Rock.
Yauch wrote a letter that his bandmates read onstage after being honored. The text of the letter is below. RIP MCA.
I’d like to dedicate this award to my brothers, Adam and Mike, who’ve walked the globe with me.
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 Kate Schellenbach. To John Berry. To John Berry’s loft on 100th St. in Brooklyn where John’s dad would come busting in during our first practices screaming, “Would you turn that f—ing s— off already!”…
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…
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.
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.
Your friend, Adam Yauch.