THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTS 2014 CLASS

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTS 2014 CLASS
Last night (April 10th), the 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony took place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center. A truncated version of the evening’s events will air on HBO on May 31st at 9 p.m. The inductees to the Rock Hall class of 2014 were Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates.

Ahmet Ertegun Awards went to the Beatles‘ late manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham. The Award for Musical Excellence — formerly known as the Side-Men category — was presented to the E Street Band, who were inducted by Bruce Springsteen.

Glenn Frey — who got his major break as apart of Linda Ronstadt’s backing band — saluted her at the ceremony. Ronstadt did not attend the event, but a show-stopping tribute of her best-loved songs was performed by Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and Bonnie Raitt. Questlove of the Roots saluted Hall & Oates. Surprise inductor Art Garfunkel paid tribute to Cat Stevens, and Peter Asher, of Peter & Gordon and record production fame, did the honors for his friends, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham — who also was a no show at last night’s event.

Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello, inducted Kiss, who surprisingly were all on their best behavior and spoke respectfully — and at times even lovingly — towards each other as they recalled their early years. The evening’s closest thing to a celebrity roast was Coldplay‘s Chris Martin‘s induction of Peter Gabriel. R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe inducted Nirvana — who closed the celebrations by reforming with three women fronting the band — Joan Jett, St. Vincent, and Lorde, respectively.