New Rock Hall Podcast Showcases Past Induction Speeches

Stevie Nicks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, 2019.
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Ahead of its latest induction tomorrow, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has assembled a new podcast showcasing highlights of previous ceremonies.

Induction Vault, a collaboration between the museum and iHeart, premiered today (Nov. 6, 2020) with four vintage sets of speeches from inductees, as well as the famous fans honoring them that same evening. An additional four will be released weekly - 20 initial episodes in all.

This week's highlights:

  • Jimmy Buffett recounts opening for the Eagles in a humorous introduction, with seven of the group's current and former members giving heartfelt speeches in 1998.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar inducts his fellow Compton residents N.W.A. in 2016, and the surviving members - including Dr. Dre and Ice Cube - deliver a powerful argument for hip-hop as part of the rock and roll tradition.
  • Former One Direction member Harry Styles professes his adoration for Stevie Nicks - the first woman to be inducted twice - during her solo honors in 2019.
  • At the third ceremony in 1988, Mick Jagger inducts his contemporaries, The Beatles. George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and sons Julian and Sean were present to accept the honor.

Future episodes will include tributes to Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Janet Jackson, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Cure, Tupac Shakur and more. Rock Hall president and CEO Greg Harris confirmed to Variety that these episodes use the unedited speeches often truncated for television broadcast.

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