They were inducted alongside the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Journey and Yes during a concert in NY.
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Folk singer Joan Baez was inducted by singer songwriter Jackson Browne. She talked about how her fame has reached many generations. They bashed us in the 80s and ever album we put out they just pretty much laughed at, and it sold platinum, platinum, platinum, and so much of that Hall is writers, critics. "I know that's hard to see or even hard to say, but I really always felt that I was the outside guy", Perry said during the VH1 special.
In case there was any doubt to whom she was referring, she ended her rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot with the line "carry me - you, us, even Donald - home". The night's first inductee kicked things off with its cover of Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven". Rolling Stone Magazine publisher Jann Wenner opened the ceremony with remarks about Berry, saying "no one would be in this room if it wasn't for this man".
Speaking of rappers, Shakur - who died in 1996 - was remembered by Snoop Dogg with a touching and playful speech. It's a fact he never shied away from. "He wore it like a badge of honour".
Accepting his Award for Musical Excellent, Rodgers dedicated it to all the artists he had produced and worked with behind the scenes over the years, saying, "This award is incredible to me because of all the people who have allowed me to join their lives and their bands". Lenny Kravitz brought in a formidable backup choir to help him perform "When Doves Cry" and "The Cross". Both Joan Baez and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder took the opportunity to address the issues. Why isn't Neil Young here? "Either that or he swallowed a harmonica".