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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December 31, 2021 26 mins

The Beastie Boys never took the easy way out - always pushing the intersection of rock ‘n’ roll and hip hop closer together. Chuck D. & LL Cool J both give props to the group for their contributions to rap, and Mike D. & Ad-Rock thank NYC as well as all of their fans, while also representing on behalf of MCA aka Adam Youch.

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In 2011, Bette Midler inducted Darlene Love into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, praising her powerhouse voice and unquenchable spirit. Throughout the 1960s, Love was a leader of the pack in her own right as not only a lead vocalist and solo performer but providing unmistakable background support for countless artists and fellow Hall of Fame Inductees.

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In 1998, superstar Shania Twain honored one of her greatest influences, the Mamas and the Papas, as she inducted them into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty, and John Phillips graciously accept their award, with a little help from Cass Elliot’s daughter Owen.

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December 10, 2021 10 mins

ZZ Top is there to honor and recognize Cream - the supergroup who set the blueprint for many rock trios, including that little ole’ band from Texas. As Cream accepts the honor, they highlight the magic and power of the induction ceremony itself as it reignites friendships of the past and brings people together.

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December 3, 2021 36 mins

Bruce Springsteen was on-hand to induct U2 into the Rock Hall with a quite fittingly funny & literary speech. The Boss sings the praises of each of the four lads, underscoring how their songwriting, spirituality and democratic nature have contributed to the band’s success. 

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November 26, 2021 29 mins

Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy got to honor their heroes as they inducted Green Day into the Hall of Fame. They both commend the trio for their ability to both defy and define labels, refusing to box in a genre as paradoxical as punk rock.

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Jakob Dylan shares memories of growing up on and following Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, noting how timeless the band truly is. Petty rounds out the acceptance speeches by sharing just how much he believes that the story of becoming a rock star is a prime example of living out the American dream.

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“Impact, influence, and awesomeness” – according to Tom Morello, these are the reasons KISS earned their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. With heavy emotion and impeccable precision, he delivers a bombastic tribute perfect for the band he calls the “fearsome foursome." 

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November 10, 2021 24 mins

Rock & roll is alive and well as Brian May inducts Def Leppard into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2019. Brian shares a look back, through a few photographs, of his personal journey with the band. He was blown away with a band whose arpeggiated guitar riffs, juicy bass lines and beautiful harmonies rivaled the likes of his own band, Queen. 

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October 29, 2021 17 mins

Horror movie director and fellow spooky rocker Rob Zombie inducts Godfather of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper and his band. Zombie reflects on the influence that Alice Cooper’s theatrical rock and macabre stage shows had on music.

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October 22, 2021 14 mins

Rage Against the Machine's Zach de la Rocha inducted Patti Smith into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, perfectly encapsulating the punk-poet’s contributions as musician and activist. The 2007 Rock Hall ceremony marked a victory for punks and revolutionaries the world over.

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Inducted by future Hall of Famer JAY-Z in the year 2007, Grandmaster Flash’s innovations and pioneering techniques on the turntable rivals what Les Paul and Chuck Berry did for the electric guitar. As Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five accept the honor, the audience celebrates the first Hip-Hop inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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October 8, 2021 12 mins

In the year 2000, rapper Lil’ Kim inducted EWF into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, honoring a band that created, “Music that brings people together…that celebrates who we are and who we can be.” Maurice White thanks Rock Hall Inductee Clive Davis before giving ultimate gratitude to the those who meant the most to Earth, Wind & Fire’s success: the fans.

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October 1, 2021 11 mins

No Doubt frontwoman and style icon Gwen Stefani gets a special fangirl moment when she inducts the Police into the Rock Hall. Sting, Andy & Stewart focus on gratitude in their remarks, thanking those that supported them during their relatively brief but definitely extraordinary time as a band.

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September 24, 2021 28 mins

Rock out with your sock out as Chris Rock honors the Red Hot Chili Peppers - a band who brought a splash of color that came as a fresh funk-punk breakout among their flannel-clad, grunge rock contemporaries.

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September 17, 2021 12 mins

In 1999, Billy Joel was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by fellow piano man, the great Ray Charles, who also happened to be one of Joel’s heroes. Ray Charles arrives on stage to thunderous applause and shares his admiration as he inducts a dear friend. 

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September 10, 2021 12 mins

Paul McCartney talks to his songwriting partner and friend in an honest, open letter to John Lennon. John’s widow Yoko Ono accepts the honor, with a brief, emotional speech about the honor of her husband’s solo work being recognized. John Lennon’s music and message resonate as the world continues to imagine peace- living together as one. 

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September 3, 2021 11 mins

The Temptations set the standard with their sense of style, show-stopping dance moves, and vocal harmony. Hall & Oates not only talk about the incredible impact the Temptations had on them, they then jump into a full-on song – that the Tempts are more than happy to join in on.

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August 26, 2021 17 mins

In 1991, Nirvana changed the face of music, busting the door wide open for underground bands to break out into the mainstream. In 2014, REM’s Michael Stipe inducted the grunge trio into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He summed up their impact: “Nirvana defined a moment, a movement for outsiders.”

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August 20, 2021 28 mins

Justin Timberlake shares how Madonna used her talent, business acumen and creativity to rule the music world and the charts. In Madonna’s humorous and poignant remarks make it clear that her drive, vision and Blond Ambition are what led to her “first name only” icon status.

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