Published Apr 11, 2014Last night (April 10), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ushered in its class of 2014, and the event at the Barclays Center in Brookyln recognized new inductees Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Kiss, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
Of course, the real stars of the night were Nirvana, who were already headline news thanks to the recent 20th anniversary of singer Kurt Cobain's death. The group were introduced by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, while bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl, and touring guitarist Pat Smear accepted the award.
Also on hand, Cobain's mother said some words about the late frontman, as did his widow Courtney Love. Below, watch footage of Stipe induction's and the subsequent speeches.
The band also performed a few classic tunes, and without Cobain to sing, they recruited a few female singers to take his place. They did "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Joan Jett, "Aneurism" with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, "Lithium" with St. Vincent, and "All Apologies" with Lorde. Watch the performances below, although Gordon's full performance doesn't seem to have made its way online yet, so we've posted a couple of short Instagram clips [via Stereogum].
Also throughout the evening, Coldplay's Chris Martin presented and performed with Peter Gabriel, Tom Morello presented Kiss — who didn't perform but were fairly agreeable, despite their much-publicized disputes — Art Garfunkel presented Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf Islam) who performed with Paul Shaffer and his band, Bruce Springsteen presented and performed with his own E Street Band, and Questlove presented Hall & Oates.
Linda Ronstadt wasn't in the building due to health issues, but she was honoured with performances featuring Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Glenn Frey and Stevie Nicks.
The festivities continued after the main show was over, as Nirvana and their guests — plus Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis and Deer Tick's John McCauley — performed at the intimate Saint Vitus. An except of a St. Vincent-featuring "Heart-Shaped Box" is below.