The Class of 2014 is in. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomed its latest batch of inductees Thursday night with a star-studded ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe was on hand to induct Nirvana, whose surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic later took the stage for a performance that featured Lorde, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, and Joan Jett stepping up to the mic in place of the band's late frontman Kurt Cobain.
Kurt's widow Courtney Love accepted the honor on his behalf, and even appeared to set aside some of her differences with her husband's former bandmates.
Earlier in the evening Bruce Springsteen gave a lengthy tribute to the E Street Band, who were recipients of the Award for Musical Excellence. A Hall of Famer himself, Bruce said his longtime backing band allowed him to tell a story that was and is bigger than anything he could have told on his own.
KISS spent the weeks leading up to Thursday's event taking shots at the Rock Hall and each other. But when founding members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley reunited to accept the honor, they kept things civil. Simmons said in his acceptance speech that the point of the evening was to say thanks and celebrate what they created together.
Peter Gabriel, meanwhile, was celebrated for a second time by the Hall of Fame, this time as a solo artist. Coldplay's Chris Martin got Biblical as he inducted the former Genesis frontman, paraphrasing a few verses from his own "good book" about an angel called Gabriel.
Proud Philadelphian Questlove of the Roots inducted Philly favorites Hall and Oates, and Simon and Garfunkel's Art Garfunkel did the honors for Cat Stevens, who's also known as Yusuf these days.
Linda Ronstadt wasn't able to attend the induction ceremony herself, but a former member of her backing band -- the Eagles' Glenn Frey -- was there to pay tribute. Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, and Carrie Underwood also took the stage for a musical salute to Ronstadt, who is battling Parkinson's disease.
As for the non-performers, the Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein and the original manager for the Rolling Stones, Andrew Loog Oldham, were each honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Highlights from all of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be compiled for an HBO special that's scheduled to air May 31st.
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