The good news: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 27th annual induction ceremony takes place Saturday at Cleveland's Public Hall -- a change from its usual home at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan.

The not-so-good news: You'll have to wait until May 5 to see the festivities, when HBO airs a special on the event at 9 p.m.

Here's a look at some of those getting in:


Beastie Boys


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KNOWN FOR The New York trio, sometimes equal parts hard-rock and hip-hop, earned its "License to Ill" early on.

INDUCTED BY Public Enemy's Chuck D




KNOWN FOR The British Invasion folkie helped the psychedelic movement take flight with his "Sunshine Superman" and "Mellow Yellow" hits.

INDUCTED BY John Mellencamp


Guns N' Roses


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KNOWN FOR Axl Rose and his crew unleashed "Appetite for Destruction" on the world in 1987, giving us "Welcome to the Jungle," among many others.



Laura Nyro


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KNOWN FOR In addition to the late singer-songwriter-pianist's two-decade-plus recording career, Nyro's songs found great success with other performers -- Barbra Streisand covered "Stoney End," the Fifth Dimension redid "Wedding Bell Blues."

INDUCTED BY Bette Midler


Red Hot Chili Peppers


KNOWN FOR The Chili Peppers combined funk, punk and a crazy live show to become one of pop's most influential acts, breaking through with 1991's "BloodSugarSexMagik" album.



The Small Faces/Faces


KNOWN FOR These groups inspired everyone from Paul Weller to Paul Westerberg, and also groomed Rod Stewart for solo fame.

INDUCTED BY Steven Van Zandt


The groups


Also getting in this year are several groups whose leaders have already been inducted. Smokey Robinson is doing the induction honors.

THE BLUE CAPS -- Rockabilly legend Gene Vincent's band

THE COMETS -- Bill Haley's band

THE CRICKETS -- Buddy Holly's band

THE FAMOUS FLAMES -- James Brown's band from 1953 to 1968

THE MIDNIGHTERS -- Early R&B great Hank Ballard's band

THE MIRACLES -- Robinson's band


Early influence


FREDDIE KING -- Influenced such guitar gods as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana

INDUCTED BY ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill