Last night, April 10, the Barclay Center in Brooklyn housed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Pitchfork reports that American Grunge Rock pioneers Nirvana were inducted in accordance with the required 25 year time gap since the release of their debut album, "Bleach." Surviving members Dave Grohl (drums) and Krist Novoselic (bass) reunited with an interchanging cast of female rock stars and ripped through some of the band's most iconic songs.
Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, and Lorde all took turns filling in for the late legend Kurt Cobain - all in the wake of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's tragic death earlier this month. Gordon joined the band for a rousing rendition of "Aneurysm," Jett hopped in for "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Lorde lent her voice to "All Apologies," and Ms. Annie Clark gave "Lithium" the St. Vincent treatment. Just last week, Annie warmed up "Lithium" in front of a lucky Chicago audience as part of her current self-titled tour, according to reports by Spin.
It's no secret that Kurt was an admirer of R.E.M., so it was fitting tribute for Michael Stipe to do the honors of inducting the band into the Hall of Fame. Stipe spoke to Nirvana's legacy affirming that, "They spoke truth and a lot of people listened." As if that weren't moving enough, the notoriously bitter feud between Courtney Love and Dave Grohl was laid to rest as the two let bygones be bygones and hugged out 20 years worth of salty feelings. Love tweeted a picture of the moment hours later which you can check out here.
In addition to Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oats, and Linda Ronstadt were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The ceremony also included performances by Hall and Oates, Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, and Sheryl Crow.