The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony returned in full form over the weekend, with some of the biggest names in music being welcomed into rock immortality, including Jay-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, and The Go-Go’s, and the Foo Fighters.
This year’s high-energy ceremony was especially exciting in contrast to last year’s toned-down event. Due to COVID, the entire thing included no live performances and it was only viewable on HBO. But with the vaccine rollout, the live element of rock and roll returned and it was a night to remember. Here are three of the most unforgettable moments from the event.
A Beatle Gets Back on Stage
The highlight of the night was unquestionably when living legend Paul McCartney hopped onstage to jam with the Foo Fighters, who were also welcomed into the Hall. McCartney, who has a well-established friendship with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, first took the stage to induct the band and spoke about his enduring love for rock, saying that he felt “super privileged” to get to be part of the experience.
The band played a trio of their biggest hits to celebrate their entrance into the Hall but the real showstopper was the performance that closed the show, as McCartney joined them onstage to perform the Beatles’ classic “Get Back.” It’s the type of thing that music lovers of all ages will absolutely love, with two rock legends coming together to put on a kickass show.
Taylor Swift Takes the Stage
McCartney was hardly the only big name to make an appearance at the ceremony. Megastar Taylor Swift was there to induct King, calling her “the greatest songwriter of all-time.” Swift even performed onstage for the first time since the pandemic began with a rousing rendition of King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”
A Presidential Tribute
For a long time, hip hop artists were mostly kept out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but that has started to change over the years. One guy who absolutely earned his spot was Jay Z, as the rap icon has been one of the most beloved and respected names in music for decades. And he got a special shoutout from someone you may have heard of named Barack Obama, who made a video appearance to pay tribute to Jay-Z’s entrance, calling him “the embodiment of the American Dream.”