Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Pearl Jam rock the Hall of Fame

Inductee Eddie Vedder from the band Pearl Jam performs at the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclays Center on Friday, April 7, 2017, in NY.

"Due to illness, Neil Young is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam at this year's induction ceremony", the statement said.

Perhaps the most anticipated speech of the night was David Letterman's induction of Pearl Jam.

Other inductees at the ceremony included Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Yes, ELO and Journey, while Nile Rodgers was handed a special lifetime achievement award by Pharrell Williams called the Award for Musical Excellence.

While the event occurs this Friday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on HBO on April 29th at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

As of Friday night, Pearl Jam will be forever enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Yes reunited with former singer Jon Anderson for the first time in over a decade and were inducted by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush.

"Let us together repeal and replace brutality and make compassion a priority, " Baez told the Hall of Fame audience.

Not only did Snoop Dogg deliver an unbelievable speech for his late friend ("I'm here to make sure Tupac is remembered the way he [should] to be: A strong black man who stood for his."). If, like me, you went to college in the early '90s, odds are you watched David Letterman and listened to Pearl Jam.

"Never take the opportunity for live music for granted and that's the message I can bring you folks tonight", he said warmly. An entire choir sang backup with Kravitz, who beamed with passion for the Purple One.

The relationship between Young and Pearl Jam dates back decades. "They'd recognize injustice and stand up to it", he said.

After the speeches, the band performed three of their classic songs - "Alive", "Given to Fly" and "Better Man".

Apparently, Snoop also shared a amusing story about going parasailing with Pac that we will just need to wait and hear about when HBO airs the ceremony on April 29.

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