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Nina Simone into Rock Hall of Fame

Nina Simone into Rock Hall of Fame

Opening with 1984's playful "You Might Think", they continued with the more muscular "Moving in Stereo" from their 1978 self-titled debut, before ending with "Just What I Needed", their first hit, also from The Cars.

It was a big night for New Jersey-bred rockers, Bon Jovi.

Hill stretched her voice and sang in French, in honor of Simone's music, which earned her a standing ovation from the crowd.

The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek joked he was supposed to be the good looking guy in the band, not Orr.

Up next was Dire Straits, with integral band members Mark and David Knopfler not present. He proceeded to trash Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner, whom he said worked behind-the-scenes to ensure Bon Jovi wouldn't be inducted into the Rock Hall.

The band clearly loved the speech, laughing hysterically in the audience. Tharpe, dubbed the "Godmother of Rock and Roll", and known for her finger picking guitar technique, is said to have influenced the likes of Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry.

The ceremony ended with legendary rock band Moody Blues' induction and performance.

Singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone, who died in 2003 aged 70, was inducted by Mary J Blige, who called the unique performer "the High Priestess of Soul", adding that she "could sing anything" but that "everything she sang she made her own".

Emerging as one of the top groups from the "hair band" era of the 1980s, the group led by singer Jon Bon Jovi, was enshrined Saturday before a sellout crowd familiar with all of its iconic anthems.

With that, Bon Jovi then delivered what might have been the longest speech in recent Rock Hall induction history.

And so they did, joined by Weezer bassist Scott Shriner, subbing for the band's bass guitarist-vocalist Benjamin Orr, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2000. 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".

The 33rd annual ceremony is honoring Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Fans cheered outside the red carpet in the rain wearing ponchos and holding umbrellas to see their favorite artists arrive at the venue while musicians such as Ann Wilson, Desmond Child, and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains took pictures and answered questions in the press room back stage of the auditorium. Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard talked about her recent tour. "He referenced a new Rock Hall Induction category noting six influential songs, including Link Wray's Rumble", Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild". "It's quite odd to be here without him", Ocasek said in reference to Orr.


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