The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony aired on HBO Max on Saturday night. The event was virtual and did NOT feature any musical performances.
But, I guess there wasn’t much anyone could do about that, right?
T. REX was inducted by Ringo Starr, who said of frontman Marc Bolan, quote, “We lost him way too young, but in his short life, he made 12 albums that are as far-out and ahead of their time as he was.”
The award was accepted by Marc’s son Rolan. Yes, his name is Rolan Bolan. Joan Jett and Billy Idol also paid tribute to T. Rex.
Alicia Keys inducted WHITNEY HOUSTON, and credited her with bringing black women to, quote, “the absolute highest reaches of the music industry’s pantheon.”
Whitney’s mom Cissy Houston accepted the award in her honor, with Clive Davis and Jennifer Hudson also paying tribute.
THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. was inducted by DIDDY, who said Biggie was THE best of all time. Biggie’s kids accepted the award, while Jay-Z, Nas, and Lin-Manuel Miranda gave their thoughts.
Charlize Theron gave the induction speech for DEPECHE MODE, calling them the soundtrack to her life. They also received props from Chris Martin, Win Butler from Arcade Fire, and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.
The DOOBIE BROTHERS were inducted by country star Luke Bryan. Fellow country star Brad Paisley joined in the love fest, along with Nancy Wilson from Heart, and producer-writer-director Judd Apatow.
Iggy Pop did the honors for NINE INCH NAILS, and praised Trent Reznor’s, quote, “focused and relentless process of emotional destruction, which paints a portrait of pain, pressure, and dissatisfaction.”
Miley Cyrus, St. Vincent, and Rick Rubin also paid tribute, and Trent revealed that if COVID didn’t ruin everything, there was going to be a reunion of every past and present member of NIN.
There was also a tribute to EDDIE VAN HALEN, featuring Slash, Kirk Hammett, and Tom Morello who called Eddie, quote, “The Mozart of our generation.”
(You can watch videos here and here, but they’re UNCENSORED, and some do contain profanity.)