Salute to Chuck Berry opens Rock Hall ceremony

Letterman has been a longtime fan of Pearl Jam, with the group making seven appearances on his television show over the years, Rolling Stone magazine noted. He's called the father of rock "n" roll. Steve Perry is expected to join Journey at the induction, but he will not be performing with them, according to sources. Joan Baez was then inducted by Jackson Browne before she performed her three tunes, ending with "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".

But she said she was proud to have devoted her life to speaking "truth to power", from campaigning against the Vietnam War to fighting for civil rights in the United States. "Let us build a great bridge, a handsome bridge, to welcome the exhausted and the poor". "My granddaughter had no clue who I was until I took her backstage to a Taylor Swift concert".

The evening continued with the induction of Yes, opening with a speech from Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, who expounded on their fandom of the prog-rock legends during their youth.

"You're gonna live forever".

He then introduced the band, and Stone Gossard took the mic, to thank numerous people who have worked, behind the scenes, for the band, thanking majority only by their first name.

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Snoop Dogg gave a heartfelt and humorous speech during rapper Tupac Shakur's induction.

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As the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony kicked off, the big question was "who will perform the tribute to the late Tupac?".

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is hosting a live simulcast.

Pharrell was glowing with pride while introducing Nile Rodgers during the Rock Hall ceremony, but Rodgers - ever the self-effacing Genius Behind the Curtains - was humble and gracious during his acceptance speech, even choking up at one point.

Musical excellence inductee Nile Rodgers, best known for his work with funk and disco pioneers Chic and collaborations with David Bowie and Madonna, rounded out the 2017 class.

"I want to give a shout-out to someone who sings his heart out every night, " Perry said. "My life has been so wonderful", Rodgers said before fighting back tears.

Even more unlikely remarks came from Rick Wakeman, the keyboardist from Yes, which in its heyday in the 1970s was rarely described as light-hearted.

Turning into an off-color comic, the Englishman joked he was happy as Brooklyn was the spot of his first sexual experience.

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