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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July 23, 2021 13 min

In 2006, Black Sabbath received Rock’s Highest Honor: Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Metal superstars James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica were on hand to honor their heroes and the members of Black Sabbath kept their speeches short and sweet, emphasizing the power and importance of heavy music.

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Pat Monahan of Train shares the Journey’s history, from their roots in Santana to their peak as one of the top-selling bands in the world, describing the transcendent power of their music. The common theme from each member of the band is clear: this night was about Journey’s legion of loyal fans as much as it was about the band itself.?

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Ann and Nancy Wilson fronted one of the most successful hard rock bands of the 70s and 80s at a time when, as Nancy put it, “women normally did not rock and women were not expected to be leaders.” Chris Cornell deemed them the “hometown heroes” of his Pacific Northwest city and helped the Rock Hall add two more rock goddesses to its pantheon.

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July 2, 2021 19 min

Run-DMCs music bridged the gap of rock and rap, representing people who were otherwise not being seen or heard. To Eminem – and many teenagers growing up in the 1980s – Run DMC were “The Beatles” of the rap scene. These Kings of Rock were the group that convinced the public that hip-hop was here to stay and all it took was two turntables and a microphone. 

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"P-Funk mastermind George Clinton offers a witty but entirely unrehearsed speech to honor his fellow funk legends, dubbing the Family Stone the “greatest funk band that ever was” and calling his longtime comrade Sly “the greatest writer” he can think of."

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June 18, 2021 30 min

Post-punk, power pop, classic rock, and new wave all came together in the music of the Cars – a sound you can’t help but sing along to. Brandon Flowers of the Killers professes his love for the Cars through a story of his older brother introducing him to the band. Easton, Hawkes, Robinson, and Ocasek tell the story of the Cars incredible journey, and the thrill of being Inducted into the Rock Hall alongside their personal heroes.

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June 11, 2021 14 min

U2 frontman Bono puts his Irish gift of gab to good use when inducting the late Bob Marley, praising the reggae pioneer and global superstar with an almost lyrical cadence. Rita Marley, Bob’s widow & musical collaborator, accepts the honor on his behalf with a moving speech comprised of his iconic song lyrics, underscoring the power of his music.

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Curtis Mayfield is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a second time by Sean "Diddy" Combs. Diddy marvels at Mayfield’s ability to connect to the human experience as a singer, songwriter, poet & pioneer. Longtime manager and friend Marvin Hyman accepts the award on his behalf, sharing Mayfield's appreciation of hip-hop & R&B artists who had sampled his songs, allowing his music to live on and be...

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Virtually every singer and songwriter who came after Bob Dylan was influenced by him in some way, and Bruce Springsteen’s induction of Dylan into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame captures that true essence and what he means to every songwriter and fan. Bruce demonstrates his great prowess as a storyteller – undoubtedly a skill he picked up directly from the songwriting of Dylan.

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May 24, 2021 19 min

Chris Martin of Coldplay is honored to induct his hero, with a speech that gives both humor and sincerity. He relays a personal story about how his cassette copy of the Gabriel album Us took him on a journey and into a lifelong love of Peter’s music. Gabriel shares a potent message for young musicians - Dream Big and surround yourself with brilliance.

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Nothing is off limits as Pete Townshend inducts The Rolling Stones with his signature style of humor, honesty, and admiration. Pete expresses how the Stones were like his crash course in rock & roll and were the epitome of British Rock. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor honor the members not in attendance and look ahead to many more years together.

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May 7, 2021 18 min

Speaking as one of Leon’s biggest fans, Elton John offers a glowing tribute to his idol, whose work as a pianist, songwriter, and solo artist was a key influence on his own work. Elton acknowledges the man he calls “The Master” for all he’s done for American music, including an astonishing list of artists with whom Leon worked throughout his distinguished career. 

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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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April 23, 2021 22 min

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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