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Bon Jovi, Nina Simone enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

16 April, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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"I've been writing this speech since I first strummed a broom and sang at the top of the stairs of my childhood home", he said. He said he always protected Simone, and continues to do so.

Now that the Induction Ceremony will be taking place every other year in the Rock Hall City, fans can look forward to the 35th affair when acts such as Weezer, Oasis, Daft Punk and Usher are eligible.

Overlooked but never unappreciated, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is finally a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. On Saturday, it was a four and a half hour long ceremony that recognized the lifelong works of the bands in Rock and Roll genre and inducted them into Hall of Fame.

The final set came from fellow new inductees the Moody Blues, who were inducted by the returning Ann Wilson.

With a string of quickly memorable hits such as "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive", Bon Jovi became kings in the 1980s, packing arenas on their exhaustive tours full of pyrotechnics. "You're at a Bon Jovi concert". After taped testimonials from the likes of Johnny Cash, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin and Jerry Lee Lewis, Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard inducted guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe, calling her "the godmother of rock "n" roll". Decked out in a black and white checkered jacket, a very enthusiastic Brandon Flowers talked about discovering the Cars while growing up in a small town in Utah.

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Tharpe will be inducted with the "Award for Early Influence", while the other five acts will be inducted as performers. With the much-publicised non-appearance of former Dire Straits frontman and songwriter Mark Knopfler, and the unusual absence of a fellow artist to introduce them, it fell on his former bandmate and longtime friend John Illsley to induct the group himself.

"It's my honor to induct into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Hugh McDonald, Tico Torres, Sir Alec John Such, David Bryan, Richie Sambora and the one and only, Jon Bon Jovi".

Bon Jovi reunited onstage with former members for a powerful performance celebrating its admission into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the late icon Nina Simone was welcomed to the prestigious music club with show-stopping performances from Lauryn Hill and Andra Day.

A live stream of the ceremony's red carpet will be viewable at the Rock Hall's Facebook page, YouTube channel and official website starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. The event also saw the band's reunion with former member Richie Sambora, who shared a microphone with the band's lead singer on 'When We Were Us'. Howard Stern presided over the presentation for the ceremony.

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