The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Induction Ceremony proved that perseverance and commitment matter much more than a one-off hit song.
Purists who still crave rock, blues and soul music were thrilled with the induction of several iconic names with one of music’s most prestigious honors.
Bon Jovi, The Cars, Nina Simone, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe were the Class of 2018 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On Saturday, April 15, these artists were inducted in a ceremony that was full of memories and music at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium.
Legendary rock band Bon Jovi, were the first band to take the stage, with radio host Howard Stern on hand to introduce them.
After years of being snubbed by the Hall, Bon Jovi was inducted this year via a fan voting process where music aficionados could vote for them via an online ballot.
The band received over 1,162,146 votes, one of the largest tallies ever counted.
Bon Jovi members Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres reunited with former bandmates Richie Sambora and Alec John Such to celebrate the group’s induction.
According to USA Today, Howard Stern said of the group’s rise to fame, “Aside from the incredible music accomplishments, they are some of the nicest men I ever met, humble and gracious.”
Lauryn Hill, Andra Day and the Roots, gathered to perform the songs of Nina Simone including “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” and “Feeling Good.”
British rockers Dire Straits estrangement continued with the group’s frontman, Mark Knopfler, declining to attend the event alongside his band, who inducted themselves into the Hall.
The ceremony ended with legendary rock band Moody Blues’ induction and performance.
The taped ceremony will air May 5 on HBO.