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'It's about time': The 2018 Rock Hall inductions

'It's about time': The 2018 Rock Hall inductions

Bon Jovi delivered a ferocious selection of hits at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland on Saturday.

"It's terrific that Tharpe is inducted this year", said Greg Harris, the chief executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Some days I write a thank you speech and other days, I write a (expletive)-you speech".

The Democratic governor hailed the band as "one of the most famous, enduring rock bands of all time". "We help people get through". The group then proceeded to power through several of their mammoth hits, including "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "It's My Life".

Soul legend Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the gospel inspiration for early rockers, both of whom were posthumously inducted, and British rockers Dire Straits rounded out the 2018 Hall of Fame class.

Each year, between five and seven acts usually make it into the Rock Hall following a vote by 1,000 people, including performers, music historians and industry experts.

The jazzy and soulful Simone, who died in 2003, was a leader in pushing for civil rights and influenced the likes of Alicia Keys and Aretha Franklin.

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The late Tom Petty was honoured with a rousing musical tribute by The Killers to open the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland. Her brother, Sam Waymon, accepted the honor. And I'm supposed to be the good-looking guy in the band. Flowers recalled the first time he heard The Cars while growing up in a tiny, "no stoplight" town in Utah, saying "40 years later they still sound like a new band to me". Cars members all acknowledged his contribution to the group, and singer Ric Ocasek even spoke about living in Cleveland for a short time, something which received an enthusiastic response from the capacity crowd at Public Hall.

Jon Bon Jovi began: "I've been writing this speech since I first strummed the broom and sang at the top of the stairs of my childhood home".

According to USA Today, Howard Stern said of the group's rise to fame, "Aside from the incredible music accomplishments, they are some of the nicest men I ever met, humble and gracious".

Dire Straits, led by Mark Knopfler, emerged from Britain's so-called pub rock scene of the 1970s, which emphasized blues roots and no-frills musicianship in an era of angry punks and flamboyant glam bands.

Alabama Shake's Brittany Howard paid tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe with a powerful performance of "That's All" and "Strange Things Happening Every Day".

Below, catch some of these moments ahead of the Induction Ceremony's May 5 airing on HBO!