The Highs, Lows, and Whoas of the 2019 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was an overstuffed sonic bonanza with seven worthy and diverse inductees — Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, the Zombies, Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, and the Cure — getting the opportunity to bask in the honor, whether they actually wanted to or not .

Vulture was lucky enough to be reporting from all over the Barclays Center when the ceremony occurred last month, and with HBO airing it for everyone else to enjoy on Saturday, April 27, we figured it would be worth revisiting all of the highs, lows, and whoas of this 2019 induction class.

Among the Rock Hall’s noted detractors , Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor’s dislike for the institution was still pretty notable in the grand scheme of things — last year, he said he would give minus-zero shits if his band was ever on the fast track for an induction.

I honestly couldn’t give less of a shit.” Well, it should then come as great amusement to everyone that Reznor not only happily showed up at this year’s ceremony to induct his favorite band, the Cure, but he also fully retracted his previous comments.

And while we’d argue it didn’t have its usual level of star power, it was super-good fun seeing Def Leppard, Brian May, Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent, Susanna Hoffs, Steven Van Zandt, and Ian Hunter have the time of their lives while rockin’ out to Mott the Hoople’s classic tune “All the Young Dudes.” Seriously, name us any other place where a jam like this could happen.

To win over the coveted Tom Petty crowd, Styles stood in for Gainesville’s finest to duet with Nicks on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” The result was sonic magic.

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