Rap pioneers LL Cool J and Public Enemy and rockers THE Ramones have been inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
The stars were among the artists honoured at a New York ceremony last Thursday (30Oct08).
Recalling his childhood in the New York City borough of Queens in Long Island, he told the crowd, "When I was a little kid in North Babylon, on Lakeway Drive, just dreaming of being a part of hip hop - I never dreamed that I would be in a position to actually be looking at a wonderful room full of people who are actually honouring and celebrating the art that I created."
And Public Enemy's Chuck D made note of the artists from differing genres of music being honoured alongside the hip-hop acts.
He said, "That this music can sit side-by-side with other great offerings of music is a true pleasure... Music is a universal language, and Long Island you are number one."
Other inductees included composer Marvin Hamlisch, rockers Blue Oyster Cult, doo-wop group The Tokens, and folk singer Jean Ritchie.