Rock Hall Induction Recap: Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, The Cure + More
This weekend’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony was special not only for those inducted, but for fans who watched their favorite artists perform.
2019’s inductees included legendary rockers Def Leppard, Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and The Zombies, as well as pop icons Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks while some believes this year’s selections were too long in coming. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor told the crowd at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Friday night, “I remember distinctly saying to myself, among other things, how can I even take this awards ceremony seriously if they’ll open their doors to X, Y and Z and not acknowledge the Cure? Not so long ago I get a phone call I wasn’t expecting, and, well, here we are. Let’s just say I’ve never been as happy to eat my words as I was tonight.”
A number of the honored individuals showcased their talents live with Ms Nicks kicking off the show by belting “Stand Back” with a band that featured Harry Styles, who also played guitar on parts of Tom Petty‘s “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Though Roxy Music hadn’t played together since they quietly disbanded in 2011, after their acceptance speech, they moved over to the performance area and kicked into a medley that contained “In Every Dream Home a Heartache,” “Love Is The Drug” and more. Watch the compilation below.
A few special takeaways from the night came from the the ladies, when Janet Jackson, out of a perceived under-representation of award winners, requested that the organization recognize more females going forward Stevie Nicks, on the other hand, celebrated her second induction – this time as a solo artist, following her Fleetwood Mac award in 1998.