Stevie Nicks and Janet Jackson were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Friday night during a ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Stevie performed during the show, but Janet did not.
The evening, highlights of which will air on HBO April 27, also saw British pop/metal superstars Def Leppard, British art-rock band Roxy Music, New Wave goth legends The Cure, alt-rockers Radiohead and British Invasion group The Zombies enter the Hall.
Here are the details of Stevie’s and Janet’s inductions:
What she performed: Stevie opened the show, performing “Stand Back,” “Leather and Lace,” “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” and “Edge of Seventeen,” into which she inserted a line from “When Doves Cry,” by her late friend Prince. She brought out surprise guest Don Henley for “Leather and Lace,” and on “Stop Dragging,” she sang with One Direction‘s Harry Styles, who then inducted her.
Induction: Harry Styles, a major fan of Stevie’s who also knows something about going solo after being in a successful group, spoke about her music’s influence on him and the world.
“She is the magical gypsy godmother who occupies the in between. It’s a space that can and will only ever be hers,” he gushed. “She is so much more than a role model. She is a beacon to all of us. Whenever you hear her voice, life just gets a little bit better. When she sings the world is hers…and it is yours.”
Speech: In a rambling and funny speech, Nicks spoke about making history as the first woman to be inducted as both a solo artist and as a member of a group. She explained how she finessed making a solo album without breaking up Fleetwood Mac. “You can do both and you can have both. You just have to do it with love, that’s all,” she said. “And yes, my amazing band is still together and very strong today!”
After speaking for some 12 minutes, she joked that she was available for keynote addresses, and then signed off by saying, “I love you more than you’ll ever know! Thank you so much for being so awesome!”
Backstage: Bringing both Harry Styles and Fleetwood Mac with her, Stevie told reporters she wasn’t sure what her timetable is for doing another solo album, since the current Mac tour still has a long ways to run. She also embarrassed herself by mistakenly referring to Styles as having been in *NSYNC. “Sorry! I’m never gonna live that one down, I know it!” she groaned.
What she performed: She didn’t. A source told Variety she declined because her family is upset with HBO over its airing of the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland.
Induction: Janelle Monae gave a rousing tribute to Janet, calling her the “Queen of Black Girl Magic,” and praised her for taking Control of her career — literally — and for her activism on behalf of women and the LGBTQI community. She also admitted that Janet’s photo has been her phone’s lock screen for seven years.
“Through music, Miss Jackson unified through the weapons of rock and roll and rhythm,” she said. “Every album a risk and every moment a revelation: A fully carefree black woman and pop star whose cultural impact can’t be quantified. Janet has a crown, glory and legacy all her own.”
Speech: Noting that her brothers have been in the Hall for many years, Janet said, “As the youngest in the family, I was determined to make it on my own. I wanted to stand on my own two feet, but never in a million years did I expect to follow in their footsteps. Tonight, your baby sister has made it!”
She also specifically thanked all her fans and her son Eissa, and signed off by saying, “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, please, 2020, induct more women!”
Backstage: Janet and Janelle came back together and caused the biggest frenzy in the press room, as reporters stood on chairs to grab photos of the two women. Neither of them spoke, though.
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