(L-R) MC Ren, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and DJ Yella of N.W.A. pose for a picture onstage after speaking at the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
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Hard rockers Deep Purple and Midwestern chart-toppers Chicago and Cheap Trick were also inducted in a Brooklyn gala after an annual vote by music industry insiders.The Hall of Fame turned into a rare N.W.A. reunion as original member Dr. Dre, who went on to become a multimillionaire executive at Apple, took the stage in a black suit and tie next to bandmate Ice Cube in his trademark thick shades and cap.Ice Cube, who has gone on to a major career as a solo rapper and actor, dismissed criticism, most recently from Gene Simmons of Kiss, that hip-hop did not belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.N.W.A., the first West Coast rappers in the Hall of Fame, had been nominated four times but won the nod shortly after a Hollywood biopic on the group, "Straight Outta Compton".With Deep Purple, all three bands considered the trinity of British hard rock in the 1970s are in the Hall of Fame after Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.Deep Purple was introduced by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who said his life was transformed by seeing the hard rockers play his native Copenhagen when he was nine.
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