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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Hall Of Fame Wrap-Up

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held its 22nd annual induction ceremony last night at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Van Halen was inducted by Velvet Revolver, R-E-M was inducted by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith was inducted by Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, The Ronettes were inducted by The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, and rap collective Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted by Jay-Z. Two-time inductee Stephen Stills paid tribute to late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, while Aretha Franklin sang two songs in his memory. Reverend Al Sharpton honored the late James Brown. All of the inductees -- except Van Halen -- performed after accepting their honors, and the night closed out with R-E-M and Patti Smith covering The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and Patti Smith leading all of the evening's inductees and presenters through her own song "People Have the Power."