The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place on Friday night at Barclay’s Center in New York, with such acts as Pearl Jam, ELO, Yes and Journey among this year’s inductees.
Also inducted was the late Tupac Shakur (murdered in 1996), inducted posthumously by Snoop Dogg, who delivered an emotional speech honouring his friend and mentor.
“While many remember him now as some kind of thugged-out superhero, Tupac really was only good and he represented through his music like no one before,” said Snoop in his speech. “It’s the fact that he never shied away from it. He wore it like a badge of honour. With an unapologetic voice, Pac embraced those contradictions that proved we ain’t just a character out of someone else’s story book. To be human is to be many things at once. Strong and bold. Hard headed and intellectual. Courageous and afraid. Loving and vengeful.”
Added Snoop: “I’m here to make sure that Pac is remembered the way he would have wanted to be: a strong black man who stood up. Not somebody who acted like a rapper, but as a human. That’s what made Tupac an amazing actor on the big screen in movies like ‘Above the Rim’ and ‘Juice.’ That’s what made him so engaged with everything he ever did. Both before and after his death. That’s what made Tupac the greatest rapper of all time.”
You can watch Snoop deliver his speech above.
Following the induction, Snoop was joined onstage by T.I., Treach and Alicia Keys to perform some of Shakur’s most memorable songs:
Another highlight from Friday’s ceremony came from David Letterman, who delivered an eloquent speech to induct Pearl Jam. Neil Young was originally scheduled to induct the Seattle rockers, but Letterman was tapped as a last-minute fill-in after Young fell ill. Check out these highlights, including Pearl Jam performing a blistering version of their hit “Better Man”.