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    The 29th Annual GRAMMY Awards

    Adam Yauch: 1964-2012

    A look back at the career of the Beastie Boys rapper, rocker, director and activist.

  • The 29th Annual GRAMMY Awards

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    Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch (a.k.a. King Ad-Rock, Mike D. and MCA) of the Beastie Boys at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in Febuary 1987.

    Beastie Boys exploded on the national scene in late 1986 with the top 10 single "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)."

    Yauch died on May 4, 2012, at the age of 47.

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    Horovitz, Yauch and Diamond pose on a rooftop in their native New York City in 1994.

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    Diamond, Yauch and Horovitz arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards in Miami on Aug. 29, 2004.

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  • The 106.7 KROQ Weenie Roast Concert 2004

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    Yauch performs during The 106.7 KROQ "Weenie Roast" Concert 2004 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif.

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    The Beastie Boys take in the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 21, 2006.

    Under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower, Yauch directed several of the Beasties' videos including "Intergalactic" and "Ch-Check It Out" along with "Awesome; I F---in' Shot That!" a feature-length film captured by fans at the band's Madison Square Garden concert in 2004.

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  • "Awesome: I F*ckin' Shot That!" Sundance Portrait Session

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    Diamond, Horovitz and Yauch pose at the Getty Images Portrait Studio during the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, 2006.

    Yauch also directed the 2008 documentary "Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot," about high school basketball stars competing in the inaugural "Elite 24" tournament at Harlem’s Rucker Park.

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  • The 11th Annual Webby Awards

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    Stylin' and profilin' -

    The Beastie Boys arrive at the 11th Annual Webby Awards at Chipriani Wall Street in New York on June 5, 2007.

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  • Live Earth London - Show

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    Yauch and the Beastie Boys perform on stage during the Live Earth London concert at Wembley Stadium in London on July 7, 2007.

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  • Adam Yauch Speaks At The Apple Store

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    Yauch speaks during an appearance at the Apple Soho store in New York on May 2, 2008.

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  • "Welcome To Gulu" Exhibition Opening At The United Nations

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    Yauch attends the "Welcome to Gulu" exhibition opening at the United Nations in New York on May 12, 2009.

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  • Bonnaroo 2009 - Day 2 - Beastie Boys

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    Yauch performs during Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tenn., on June 12, 2009.

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  • 48th New York Film Festival - "The Social Network" - Outside Arrivals

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    Yauch attends the premiere of "The Social Network" during the 48th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York on Sept. 24, 2010.

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    Yauch and his daughter Tenzin Losel at Amnesty International Spotlight Awards for human rights on Jan. 28, 2001.

    "Adam was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist who I loved dearly," said Russell Simmons on May 4, 2012. "I was always inspired by his work. He will be missed by all of us."

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