Nina Simone into Rock Hall of Fame


On Saturday, April 15, these artists were inducted in a ceremony that was full of memories and music at Cleveland's Public Auditorium. Out of your seats", before the group performed classic tracks including "You Give Love A Bad Name", "It's My Life", "Livin" On A Prayer', and relatively new track "When We Were Us'. One of the biggest moments of the evening was when the guys of Bon Jovi took the stage with their original guitarist Richie Sambora and bass player Alec John Such. Band members thanked fans as they accepted their award after a speech from Ann Wilson, who praised their "natural intelligence". They all hugged as a group afterward.

After being inducted by DJ Howard Stern, frontman Jon said: 'I've been writing a speech like this since I first strummed a broom and sang from the top of the stairs of my childhood home. "Some days I write a thank you speech and other days, I write a (expletive)-you speech". In the end, it's really all about time'.

"We took that journey together at certain times as a group, and I think it's wonderful we can re-enact that - not only for us, but for the fans", said Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan back in February.

The band will be inducted by Howard Stern.

The 33rd annual Rock Hall ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at age 66.

The Democratic governor hailed the "five musicians from New Jersey communities (who) believed in their dream and used their talents to form Bon Jovi, one of the most famous, enduring rock bands of all time".

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Ric Ocasek previously told Rolling Stone that Benjamin Orr "would have been flipped out" by the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in Cleveland. Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel hours after a Soundgarden concert there last May.

Simone received a passionate and show-stopping tribute from groundbreaking performers who she has deeply inspired, from Lauryn Hill to Mary J. Blige. Both women exceptionally displayed their powerhouse voices. Day, a Grammy-nominated R&B singer, hit high notes that also earned her applause.

"In the absence of someone here to induct us, I felt as a founding member I might be best qualified to do this", Illsley said.

Simone was a leader in pushing for civil rights and influenced everyone from Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys.

"Cleveland was Ben's hometown, and I know whenever he is, he's so proud of this special occasion and even more so that we're here of all places", The Cars guitarist said.