HBO Max’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame special features Taylor Swift

A few weeks ago, two female powers finally received their due solo and a breathtaking group of Californian punk rockers turned MTV-darlings were recognized for their influence in the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

On Saturdays, fans can indulge inexperience when the three-hour broadcast airs at 8 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max, as well as SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame radio (channel 310).

Tina turner, Carole king and Go-Go – in the same way Jay-Z’s mainstay of hip-hop, stewards of rock the Foo Fighters and multi-faceted cult hero Todd Rundgren – were all cleared into the institution during the Oct. 30 ceremony at the Cleveland Hall Home Base.

As expected at the annual event – which reverted to an in-person rally this year after a virtual party necessitated by COVID in 2020 – the performances and surprise celebrities attract as much interest as the recognized artists.

Here are some highlights.

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Carole king

Inductee Carole King speaks on stage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Inducted by:Taylor Swift

Quoted moment: “Her songs are about the weather and everyone’s honest feelings,” Swift said, adding a cute joke about cats dreaming of landing on an album cover (a la King’s “Tapestry”).

Highlight of performance: Swift opened the show with King’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” transformed into an airy new arrangement. Jennifer Hudson began her “(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman” sitting at a piano, but soon her unhindered vocalization launched her into the limelight. King,who paid tribute to Aretha Franklin and thanked her ex-husband Gerry Goffin in his speech, offered a sweet “You’ve Got a Friend”, joined by her longtime musical companions known as The Section – the guitarist Danny Kortchmar, bassist Leland Skylar and drummer Russ Kunkel.

Tina Turner appears on screen during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, October 30, 2021, in Cleveland.  Turner was inducted into the performer category.

Tina turner

Inducted by: Angela Bassett

Quoted moment: With signature intensity and drama, Bassett, who portrayed Turner in the 1993 biopic, “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” proclaimed, “What brings us here tonight is Tina’s journey. towards independence. ” Appearing on video, Turner looked lovely during her brief acceptance speech. “If they’re still giving me awards at 81, I must have done something right,” she said, then added with a giant smile, “Yeah, it’s mine.” (Tuner was previously inducted with Ike Turner in 1991.)

Highlight of performance: Christina Aguilera, donning a Turner t-shirt, proved to be the perfect singer to emulate Turner’s power on “River Deep, Mountain High”.

The Go-Go's Jane Wiedlin, Gina Schock, Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey and Kathy Valentine pose in the press room during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, October 30, 2021, in Cleveland.


Inducted by: Drew barrymore

Quoted moment: Perhaps the most enthusiastic inductor of all time, Barrymore explained how “Beauty and the Beat” was the first record she had ever bought (“It blew up the doors of my life!”) And has showed a photo of her when meeting with Go-Go singer Belinda. Carlisle.

Highlight of performance: Each member – Carlisle, thresher Gina Schock bassist Kathy Valentine and guitarists Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey – took turns at the microphone. And just try not to smile as you watch Carlisle glide across the stage during “Vacation”, “Our Lips are Sealed” and “We Got the Beat”.

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Jay-Z speaks at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, October 30, 2021, in Cleveland.


Inducted by: Dave chappelle

Quoted moment: “I wish everyone in rock ‘n’ roll knew he’s ours. He’s hip-hop, ”Chappelle said in a speech that combined his usual intellectualism with humor as he focused on Jay-Z’s importance to the black community.

Highlight of performance: There was no live performance, but a video of luminaries from the music, sports and film world reciting lyrics to captivated Jay-Z songs, including peers such as Common, Usher and Rihanna, the pop vocals Ed Sheeran and Chris Martin of Coldplay, wife Beyonce and, hilariously, a deadpan David Letterman.

Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl perform at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday, October 31, 2021, in Cleveland.

Foo fighters

Inducted by: Paul McCartney

Quotable moment: The ever-shredding Beatle drew eerily precise parallels to his life and that of Foo frontman Dave Grohl – ending with their desire to go solo and play all the instruments on their first projects. “Do you think this guy is harassing me?” McCartney wondered.

Highlight of performance: It was a typical portrayal of The Foos – flying hair and sweat and pure rock guitar. “The Best of You”, “My Hero” (her refrain sung by the crowd) and an airtight “Everlong” sizzled. The band returned after their speech for a closing jam with McCartney on “Get Back”.

Todd Rundgren

Inducted by: Patti Smith

Quoted moment: Appearing on video, Smith hailed the “Peter Pan prodigy” as “our alchemist” before a set of music videos spotlighted the creativity that prevailed throughout Rundgren’s career. Rundgren’s response? Nothing. He did not attend.

LL Cool J and Jennifer Lopez perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 30, 2021, in Cleveland.

Don’t miss: Recognition of LL Cool J as an award winner for Musical Excellence included a moderated introduction by Dr. Dre and a light-filled performance. LL was joined by Eminem for “Rock the Bells” and Jennifer Lopez, Naked Abs, for their 2002 hit ballad, “All I Have”.

The 36th Annual Gathering also celebrated the achievements of Kraftwerk, Charley Patton and Gil Scott-Heron under their Early Influence Award banner, as well as Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads as other recipients of the Musical Excellence Awards. Celebrated Music Director Clarence Avant was shortlisted for the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is awarded to a non-performing industry professional who has influenced the creative development of music.

Corina C. Butler