Electric Light Orchestra honored Berry, who died last month, with an electrifying performance of “Roll Over Beethoven” at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday.
Before that, a video played featuring past interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and others discussing Berry’s sound and style. Jann Wenner, whose speech opened the show, said of Berry, “no one would be in this room if it wasn’t for this man.”
Wenner also named each of the inductees and discussed their success, and the audience erupted loudly after he called out Pearl Jam. Most of the crowd stood on its feet and clapped for minutes, as the camera panned to Eddie Vedder.
Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey and Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nile Rodgers received a special honor at the event held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Presenters inducting the 2017 class included David Letterman, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, Dhani Harrison, Pat Monahan, Jackson Browne and Alex Lifeson of Rush.
Snoop Dogg inducted the late Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a speech that was both touching and playful.
Dogg, a former label mate and friend of Shakur, says he was at Friday night’s ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to make sure the rapper, actor and poet is remembered as a “strong black man that stood for his.”
Dogg, a marijuana enthusiast, also says it was Shakur who first gave him weed.
He said to laughs from the audience: “That’s right — Tupac got Snoop Dogg smoking blunts.”
Alicia Keys performed a medley of Shakur’s songs on piano, including “Dear Mama” and “Changes.” T.I. and Treach of Naughty by Nature also performed.
Shakur died in 1996.
As Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder thanked his wife during his speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one male fan from a seat up high screamed, “I love you Eddie!”
“Shoot, honey, I thought you were sitting down in the front,” Vedder said to laughs.
His wife, Jill, was teary-eyed in the audience at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as fans continued to cheer.
That was the theme as the group was inducted Friday — fans constantly screaming and hooting after someone said the band’s name or a camera panned to the rockers.
Vedder also used his speech to discuss climate change and said his daughter was a big fan of Grammy-winning performer Chance the Rapper.
To be eligible, all of the nominees had to have released their first recording no later than 1991. Inductees will eventually be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland.
Friday night’s induction ceremony will broadcast on HBO Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET.