Bon Jovi, Nina Simone make it into Rock Hall

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"It's terrific that Tharpe is inducted this year", said Greg Harris, the chief executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "That magazine is now a pamphlet", he said disparagingly, adding that he read an entire issue while hanging out backstage.

Bon Jovi has been the first group to take the stage in Cleveland's Public Auditorium, USA Today reported.

#4 - American DJ Howard Stern's induction speech included a reference to Jon Bon Jovi's use of hairspray, Sambora'spenis size and the fact that the band's 130 million album sales eclipsed the death tolls from Europe's bubonic plague, the American Civil War and atomic bomb drops.

Jon Bon Jovi said he has been writing his Rock Hall speech for years.

Bon Jovi's portion of the four-hour-plus event ran an hour-long on Saturday night, with Jon Boni Jovi giving a lengthy 20-minute speech onstage.

#5 - Mark Knopfler refused to attend, so Dire Straits did not play. Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard and guitarist Felicia Collins (who plays guitar in the Marie & Rosetta stage show) performed in honour of another 2018 inductee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

We snagged videos of all the visitors to the Rock Hall's press room.

"It's quite odd to be here without him", Ocasek said.

"I know there's been a lot of speculation about the fact that Mark is not here, but I can assure you, it's just a personal thing".

Bon Jovi brought their set to an emphatic close with a rendition of "Livin' on a Prayer" that featured Sambora on talk box.

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers inducted the Cars, and surviving members Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes and David Robinson performed with Weezer's Scott Shriner filling in for late bass player Benjamin Orr.

Bon Jovi were welcomed into the Rock Hall earlier in the evening following a hilarious speech by Howard Stern, a little less than a decade after they were first eligible.

#8 - Lauryn Hill made an unexpected appearance to join Andra Day and The Roots to perform the songs of the late Nina Simone - "the high priestess of soul" according to Mary J Blige who inducted her, the night's most musical moment. Day, a Grammy-nominated R&B singer, strike. "I've known them since they've started, and aside from the incredible music accomplishments, they are some of the nicest men I ever met". Though she regularly adjusted her ear monitors and sometimes appeared frustrated with the sound mix, Hill never faltered during her soulful performance. There was no performance following the band members' speeches.

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