Snoop Dogg inducts Tupac into Rock Hall

11 April, 2017, 06:33 | Author: Evan Mason
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"I finally got a chance to meet Pac in 1993 at a rap party in L.A.", he remembered.

Disco producer Nile Rodgers, the man behind 1970s hits like Le Freak and We Are Family, was presented with a special award for musical excellence.

Joan Baez - who was one of the leading protest singers in the 1960s - acknowledged that while many young people were not familiar with her music, she was proud to have devoted her life to speaking "truth to power".

Cain has said that the reclusive Perry, who sang with Journey from 1977-1998, is planning to attend the ceremony but isn't expected to perform with the band.

Accepting his Award for Musical Excellent, Rodgers dedicated it to all the artists he had produced and worked with behind the scenes over the years, saying, "This award is unbelievable to me because of all the people who have allowed me to join their lives and their bands".

Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur were also set to be inducted in their first year of eligibility, 25 years after the release of their debut albums in 1991. And while they won't be coming through Northeast Ohio on this current tour, they do want fans to know there's a lot more to come.

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Lenny Kravitz brought out a gospel choir to help him offer up a powerhouse tribute to his friend Prince, with electric renditions of "When Doves Cry" and "The Cross". Other inductees at tonight's 32rd annual ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York are Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, ELO and Yes. "They are the ones that put us here in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame... They can't take this away from you homie", he said, accepting the statuette on Shakur's behalf.

That included fans from all over the country of Pearl Jam, a band that originated in Seattle and still calls the city its home.

As Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder thanked his wife during his speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one male fan from a seat up high screamed, "I love you Eddie!" Whether it was human rights or the environment.

As for ELO, Harris noted, "They're one of those artists that once they made the ballot and you went back and listened to the full catalog, you thought, 'Wow, this is clearly a huge impact'".

Unfortunately, the ceremony won't be broadcast live.

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