To say the least, the list of inductees was impressive: Missy Elliott, Chaka Khan, Sheryl Crow, George Michael (posthumously), Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, Kate Bush and The Spinners. Among the evening’s entertainers were Rock icons Elton John and Jimmy Page.
Actress Laura Dern kicked off the ceremony, giving the first award to Crow while labeling her a “badass goddess.”
Crow then performed three of her hits, “If It Makes You Happy,” “Strong Enough” and “Everyday.” Olivia Rodrigo, Stevie Nicks and Peter Frampton each jumped in separately to assist on the songs.
Chaka Khan also put on a mesmerizing show after accepting the “Musical Excellence Award” from R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan.
Chaka played 3 of her famous tunes, “I Feel You,” “Ain’t Nobody” and “I’m Every Woman.” H.E.R., Sia and Common joined in to add their soulful voices.
Perhaps the most unforgettable moment was when Willie Nelson was inducted and performed with several other icons — Crowe, Dave Matthews and Chris Stapleton. Nelson and Co. featured a few of his most recognizable songs, “Whiskey River,” “Crazy” and “On the Road Again.”
As for George Michael, he, too, was honored in a big way. The late Wham! frontman was dubbed “one of the greatest singers of our time” by his former band member, Andrew Ridgeley.