Sister Rosetta Tharpe Welcomed Into Rock Hall

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"I think when you get together with old friends, there's always going to be some deep emotions within that". Find other highlights from the rocking evening on the Rock Hall website.

"It's terrific that Tharpe is inducted this year", said Greg Harris, the chief executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Simone was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night by R&B superstar Mary J. Blige, who described her as "bold, strong, feisty and fearless and so vulnerable and transparent at the same time". Howard sang a Tharpe track with backing from Questlove of the Roots on drums and Felicia Collins from The Late Show with David Letterman band on guitar.

They were inducted by Howard Stern, who provided many laughs at the event.

The King of All Media, who labored all week on his speech inducting Bon Jovi into the Rock Hall, was his usual unflinching, no-filter self.

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Instead, inductees the Moody Blues ended the night as the last act.

Soul legend Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the gospel inspiration for early rockers, both of whom were posthumously inducted, and British rockers Dire Straits rounded out the 2018 Hall of Fame class. The set included Bon Jovi classics such as "You Give Love a Bad Name", "It's My Life", "When We Were Us" and "Livin' on a Prayer". 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 past year".

Talking about Jon Bon Jovi, Stern, who didn't shy away from lewd jokes, said he's the man responsible in the '80s for destroying the ozone with hairspray.

Easton told us: "Ben leaves a big hole in the band, let's face it; he had the greatest voice and when Ric [Ocasek] would be singing lead in a song, Ben really helped us sound better, besides his incredible lead vocals".

Their die-hard fans pushed for years for them to be nominated, citing their influence on bands like Yes, Genesis and Rush — all Hall of Famers. Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard talked about her recent tour.

HBO will air a special with highlights from the Rock Hall induction at 8 p.m. ET on May 5.

Flowers will deliver the induction speech to welcome The Cars into the Hall.

"It's quite unusual to be here without him", Ocasek said.

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