"I'm honored to induct Sister Rosetta Tharpe into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame", Howard yelled following a video package featuring past interviews from Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and others praising Tharpe's musicality.
The Democratic governor hailed the "five musicians from New Jersey communities (who) believed in their dream and used their talents to form Bon Jovi, one of the most famous, enduring rock bands of all time". Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Van Zandt "Little Steven" made the remarks for this new category, which honors the excellence of singles that shapes rock and roll by artists who have not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Cars, founded in Boston in 1976, combined New Wave and classic rock sounds.
Stern joked about Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner, questioning why he was qualified to vote on who enters the prominent organization. "It just didn't appeal to him, and I appealed to him on several occasions".
In a toast, Guthrie said that there isn't a hall of fame big enough for Jon when one considers his philanthropy, legacy, impact on popular culture and trends, and his loyalty.
Emerging as one of the top groups from the "hair band" era of the 1980s, the group led by singer Jon Bon Jovi, was enshrined Saturday before a sellout crowd familiar with all of its iconic anthems.
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The 33rd annual Rock Hall four-hour plus ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at age 66. He and band will play the Wells Fargo Center on May 3. The Killers earned a loud applause from the audience when they started performing "American Girl", then transitioning to "Free Fallin'".
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Brothers Mark and David Knopfler, of English rockers Dire Straits, won't attend the event, according to bassist John Illsley. The ceremony will air May 5 on HBO.