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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame pays tribute to Chris Cornell at 2018 induction ceremony

ABC/Randy HolmesThe 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place Saturday night at Cleveland's Public Hall, a night that included tributes to some rockers we lost, as well as those being inducted.

Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Ann Wilson of Heart performed Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" in honor of fellow Seattle musician Chris Cornell, who died in 2017. Additionally, The Killers opened the ceremony by covering Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "American Girl" in honor of Petty, who also died last year. 

As for the inductees, the 2018 class included Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Cars, The Moody Blues, and the late Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers inducted The Cars. "The Cars had it all: the looks, the hooks, beat-romance lyrics, killer choruses, guitar solos that p***ed off your parents, dazzling music videos," Flowers said. Then, referring to the band's song "Moving in Stereo," used in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Flowers added, "Not to mention the best song in any movie scene that featured a girl slowly getting out of a pool and taking her top off."

Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard paid tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the late gospel and electric blues guitar pioneer who was an influence on what later became rock 'n' roll.  Howard performed "That's All" and "Strange Things Happen Every Day," with Paul Shaffer on piano.

If you couldn't make it to Cleveland, you can watch an HBO special featuring an edited version of the festivities that premieres May 5.

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posted : April, 16th by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock