Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Vault

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Vault

Each year, rock’s highest honor, induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, is bestowed upon a handful of artists, cementing their legacy for eternity. That night, they are celebrated by their peers and the contemporary artists they have influenced. All share mutual admiration for these legends who have dedicated their lives to Rock & Roll. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Vault gives unfiltered access to these iconic speeches from the biggest names in music ranging from the Beatles to NWA.

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April 30, 2021 18 min

The rap-rocker & multi-instrumentalist Kid Rock's induction of?Southern rock giants?Lynyrd?Skynyrd?centers around the idea of down-home values, even designating “Free Bird” as the National Anthem of the South. The acceptance speeches of the band and their families mix gratitude, celebration, and the somberness that accompanies a band that lost so many members over their storied past.

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Stevie Wonder highlights the greatness of Bill Withers songwriting, his music, and his friendship. To Stevie, what Bill Withers achieved as an artist surpasses time, culture, and style. The music resonates, the message is timeless. Withers, the self-proclaimed “youngest living solo performer” of this induction class, is welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation. He enjoys every moment he has in the spotlight.

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April 16, 2021 12 min

Elton John jumped at the chance to induct a fellow fashionable diva: blue-eyed soul icon Dusty Springfield. Elton describes the inspiration he drew from both Dusty’s inimitable, versatile voice as well as her trademark sartorial style. Sadly, Springfield passed away less than two weeks before the induction ceremony. Her dear friend and manager, Vicki Wickham, accepts on her behalf.

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April 9, 2021 11 min

Inductee Diana Ross pays homage to and welcomes the late Billie Holiday into the Hall of Fame as an Early Influence, leading with a haunting performance of “Strange Fruit.” Ross’s praise flows like poetry, reflecting the power and pain of a woman whose impact continues to inspire generation after generation. Billie Holiday’s voice came out of her soul, and it’s the soul she left behind that has forever changed the landscape of rock...

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April 2, 2021 18 min

In 2013, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame welcomed RUSH into their pantheon of rock immortals. 2014 Inductee Dave Grohl & Taylor Hawkins of 2021 Nominees Foo Fighters had the honor of inducting the trio. They highlight the superior musicianship, prolific output, and all-around “Working Man” philosophy that made RUSH one of the most successful prog bands of all time.  

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Both U2 and Rage Against The Machine were hugely inspired by the hard-charging, political punk rock of the Clash. In the reverent and enthusiastic induction speech made by U2's The Edge, he explains how The Clash were a catalyst that changed U2’s musical path, as well as the world around them. Tom Morello starts the night off by sharing personal memories and paying tribute to the most inspirational aspects contributed by each m...

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March 19, 2021 14 min

During the 60s and 70s, psychedelic rock band Traffic pushed rock and roll into new directions by mixing blues and folk with new musical sounds, jazz improvisations, and extended jams. It comes as no surprise that in 2004, Dave Matthews was on hand to induct them. As Traffic accepts, Dave Mason shares the notion that rock and roll is really all about an attitude as Steve Winwood thanks everyone for recognizing the spirit of the ban...

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March 12, 2021 19 min

In 2007, rock & roll legend Keith Richards inducted Ronnie Spector, Estelle Bennett, and Nedra Talley a.k.a the Ronettes. Growing up, these women shared dreams of success and fame through the power of their immense vocals. The Ronettes' siren sound and edgy image planted the group into the sonic memory of rock ‘n’ roll as well as the hearts of generations to come.

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March 5, 2021 13 min

Michael Jackson’s music and showmanship influenced virtually every pop star who followed, and at the 2001 ceremony the members of *NSYNC share that they are no exception.  Each of them give props to the man who paved the way for artists like them.  The often-reserved Jackson warmly accepts his second induction, and thanks all of his family and musical mentors who helped shape his natural talent into what became the legendary "K...

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February 26, 2021 16 min

Blues legend Buddy Guy has had a tremendous influence on the sound of guitar-based rock & roll for over half a century. And in 2005, fellow guitarists B.B. King and Eric Clapton were on hand to welcome Buddy to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee family. 

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February 19, 2021 27 min

While inducting several supporting bands collectively, Smokey Robinson honored the “movers, groovers, drummers and strummers” that made music magic. Robinson shares that it was The Miracles that made his music whole, and the first lady of Motown Claudette Robinson and fellow Miracle Bobby Rogers step on stage to accept the honor. Claudette reflects on the success of the Miracles, sharing her mantra from the beginning: If you can dr...

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Public Enemy were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by activists Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte. Spike Lee reflects on how their groundbreaking song “Fight the Power” was created for his 1989 film Do the Right Thing and Belafonte celebrates the group as revolutionary change agents. Members of Public Enemy step to the mic to accept with inspiring words, including Chuck D who proudly describes the group as “real people wh...

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Mariah Carey inducted the legendary “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight and her heartwarming speech rightly celebrates the music of Gladys and her backing group, the Pips. The groups’ modest remarks showcase their strong connections and acknowledge the determination it took to achieve their long and successful run.

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January 29, 2021 43 min

Late night host David Letterman honors Pearl Jam by sharing their significance in rock history, while the Seattle-based rockers gave shout outs to their parents for letting them rock out in their childhood homes. 

One of Letterman’s resounding points of the night rings particularly true today: “Never take the opportunity for live music for granted.”

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January 22, 2021 35 min

Back in 2009, metal fans across the globe celebrated as Metallica received rock’s highest honor: Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And some of those fans were lucky enough to be in the room AND a part of history that night, as it was the first ceremony to ever be open to the public.

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January 15, 2021 21 min

In 2017, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne offers a moving induction of his idol, Joan Baez. Jackson illustrates how much Joan meant to his generation, describing her as the voice of the new folk movement. Joan’s acceptance speech is equally inspirational as she shares her story of political activism and how she became a practitioner of non-violence, using her voice in the fight for justice.

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January 8, 2021 27 min

Renegade rocker Melissa Etheridge delivers a passionate induction of fellow trailblazer and blues-rock icon Bonnie Raitt. Melissa gives a stirring recount of Bonnie's rise to award-winning superstar, while also sharing the personal impact that Bonnie's music had on her own life. Bonnie’s humble yet proud acceptance underscores her determination and generosity as she praises the artists that have inspired her and advocates f...

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January 1, 2021 12 min

When Lauryn Hill inducted The Staple Singers in 1999, she emphasized the group’s longevity and prowess to reinvent themselves, conquering a variety of musical styles for nearly half a century. She makes it clear that for the Staples Singers, spirituality is equally as important to being “fly and commercially acceptable.”  The audience lights up with applause as Pops Staples promises to continue living as a child of God and encourag...

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December 25, 2020 20 min

Travel back in time to the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, a night that honored one of the most cosmically progressive bands, The Moody Blues. Ann Wilson of Heart speaks of the monumental impact this band had on not only her life, but the lives of millions growing up during the psychedelic 60’s. The Moody Blues are, as Wilson calls them, a “kick-ass rock band” that appeals to any listener looking for music “with substan...

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December 18, 2020 18 min

Trent Reznor got to pay tribute to one of his biggest influences by inducting The Cure into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Reznor speaks for the millions of fans around the world, discussing how The Cure’s music became a soundtrack to his youth, due in part to Robert Smith shaping complex ideas in radio-friendly songs. Robert Smith and the band receive a standing ovation as approach the stage to thank everyone for ...

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