Fans pack Rock Hall induction ceremony

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Raised in segregated North Carolina, Simone became a passionate advocate for racial equality, with her best-known song perhaps the civil rights anthem "To Be Young, Gifted and Black".

"You'll have to ask Richie", Bon Jovi said. The first class of singles-all by artists who aren't in the Hall of Fame-was introduced by Stevie Van Zandt, who called it "kind of a rock 'n" roll jukebox; records by artists not in the Rock Hall, which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall.

Jon Bon Jovi, who gave a 20-minute speech onstage, said he has been writing his Rock Hall speech for years.

Then, with former guitarist Richie Sambora reuniting for the event, the band ripped into "You Give Love A Bad Name".

Those who missed Saturday's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony can watch it on HBO on May 5.

Petty, who was enshrined with his band The Heartbreakers in 2002, died in October of an accidental drug overdose shortly after wrapping up a highly successful North American tour.

Flowers will deliver the induction speech to welcome The Cars into the Hall. During an In Memoriam tribute, old photos of deceased rock "n' rollers showed as part of a video treatment, and Heart singer Ann Wilson and Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell performed a rendition of the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun" as a tribute to Soundgarden Chris Cornell, a close friend of Wilson's who passed away previous year".


The party hasn't started at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony but the atmosphere already is rocking.

For photos of the red carpet event, see the photo gallery above.

New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi, new wave pioneers the Cars and four first-time nominees, including singer Nina Simone, are in this year's eclectic class.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone were inducted posthumously.

Bon Jovi is set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight in Cleveland, Ohio, and the entire state of New Jersey is celebrating, as Governor Phil Murphy has declared that April 14 as Bon Jovi Day.

Bon Jovi and The Moodys have been eligible for the induction for quite some time now. The band was inducted by radio and television personality Howard Stern. Without any sort of presenter, they humbly accepted their award and apologized for the absence of frontman Mark Knopfler, whom bassist John Illsley said couldn't attend because of "personal reasons". Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard and guitarist Felicia Collins (who plays guitar in the Marie & Rosetta stage show) performed in honour of another 2018 inductee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

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