"I encourage you to keep expanding your vision, to be more inclusive to women ... And most importantly, to support music in our schools."N. A Defends Hip-Hop's Presence in the Rock Hall Many people have kvetched over the years about rappers getting into the Rock Hall of Fame -- along with sciatica, it's a popular topic for Old White Dudes to complain about.
So while accepting the honor, Ice Cube delivered a measured, convincing argument for its inclusion: "Rock 'n' roll is not an instrument. It's a spirit that's been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock 'n' roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop. A Shuts Down Gene Simmons at Rock Hall Induction Lars Ulrich's Love Letter to Deep Purple Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich introduced Deep Purple to the Rock Hall wearing, naturally, a deep purple-hued velvet jacket.
" Chicago, incidentally, was absolutely blistering and instrumentally astounding while delivering their early hit "25 or 6 to 4," reminding people they can tear up a stage just as well as sing a radio-friendly ballad.
During his introduction to them, Rob Thomas noted that many critics see Chicago as a "mom's band" these days, but added, "If your mom listens to Chicago, I want to party with your mom."Ahead of Rock Hall 2016, Cheap Trick & Deep Purple Talk Nerves & Swap Stories Steve Miller Calls for More Women in Rock Hall of Fame Steve Miller might be perceived as a feel-good '70s hitmaker, but he was the most prickly inductee toward the Rock Hall this year.
Early in his acceptance speech, he looked back on his days as a "freedom rider and war protester" as a student at Midwestern liberal bastion UW-Madison, and before he wrapped, he proved that spirit of activism hasn't entirely died with a challenge to the Rock Hall.
On Friday night (April 8) in Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted six new artists into its ranks.
The Class of 2016 saw pioneering hard rock band Deep Purple, bluesy-psychedelic hitmaker Steve Miller, jazz-indebted rock outfit Chicago, punchy pop-rock titans Cheap Trick, gangsta rap pioneers N. A and late songwriter/producer Bert Berns ("Hang On Sloopy"; "Under the Boardwalk"; "Here Comes the Night") enter the Rock Hall during its 31st annual ceremony.
While the show will make its TV debut April 30 on HBO, Billboard was on hand to witness the ceremony's most memorable moments, which veered from hilarious to explicit to heartfelt.
Here are 10 unforgettable moments from the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Bowie Tribute Opener David Bowie's unexpected passing earlier this year has been acutely felt throughout nearly every musical subculture.
His cross-generational and cross-genre impact was nodded to when the Rock Hall opened with David Byrne, the Roots and Kimbra covering Bowie's first No.