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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October 22, 2021 20 min

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 17 min

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 16 min

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 33 min

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 17 min

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 18 min

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 16 min

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 27, 2021 22 min

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 33 min

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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August 13, 2021 14 min

In his entirely improvised speech, Neil Young eloquently expresses his love for the Pretenders, proclaiming them “one of the greatest rock and roll bands ever.” Original members Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers honor and remember the late James Honeyman-Scott & Pete Farndon.

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Revolutionary blues maven Janis Joplin achieved rock icon status when the Rock Hall honored her in 1995 - her first year of eligibility. Melissa Etheridge, an outsider and activist in her own right, pays tribute to the woman she deems “the only goddess in a sea of rock gods.”

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In 2017, the band Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, who were themselves inducted a few years earlier. This is a special moment – as one Prog Rock band gets to induct one of their Prog Rock heroes.

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July 23, 2021 15 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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July 16, 2021 36 min

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 21 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 32 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 16 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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