KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, the artist previously known as Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Thursday, April 10.
The original four members of KISS, which includes Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, appeared at the ceremony without their makeup to accept their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honor. They did not perform because of a disagreement between active members Simmons and Stanley and retired members Stanley and Criss, according to The Associated Press.
"This is a pivotal moment for all of us," Simmons said, according to the wire service. "We are humbled that the fans gave us the chance to do what we loved doing."
Nirvana band members perform with Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde
The star-studded ceremony, which took place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, also saw surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl -- the group's drummer and current frontman of Foo Fighters, bassist Krist Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear performing with several guest vocalists.
After Michael Stipe, formerly of R.E.M., inducted the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the musicians performed the songs "Smells Like Teen Spirit" -- the band's most famous hit -- with guest rocker Joan Jett, "Aneurysm" with Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, "Lithium" with St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, and "All Apologies" with 17-year-old New Zealand pop singer Lorde. She was born two and a half years after the April 1994 death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
"He would have been so proud," Cobain's mother, Wendy, said on stage, according to EW. "He'd say he wasn't, but he would be."
Courtney Love, Cobain's widow, also attended the ceremony and was booed by several members of the crowd, Rolling Stone reported. She later hugged Grohl and the other surviving group members in a rare show of affection. Love has had a rocky relationship with her late husband's former band mates since Cobain's death.
"This is my family I'm looking at right now," Rolling Stone quoted her as saying. "I just wish Kurt could have been here. Tonight he would have really appreciated it."
She later tweeted a photo of her hugging Grohl (see below), saying: "The most magical part of the evening. Thank you Dave, love you. I know this made him smile up there."
Cobain's mother called her late son an angel, the magazine reported. Love and Cobain's daughter and only child, Francis Bean, did not attend the ceremony.
Bruce Springstreen inducts E Street Band , Hall & Oats, others inducted too
The ceremony also featured appearances by Bruce Springsteen, who inducted the E Street Band, Chris Martin of Coldplay, who inducted Peter Gabriel and Questlove of The Roots, who inducted Hall & Oates.
Springsteen, who was inducted into the hall of fame in 1999 as a solo artist, shared stories about how the E Street Band came together.
"We suffered aging, illness and death together," Springsteen said. "We took care of each other when trouble knocked, and we hurt each other in big and small ways. In the end we stuck with each other."
There were also performances by several inductees, including Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel and the E Street Band, as well as a musical tribute to Linda Ronstadt performed by Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow.
Ronstadt, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, could not attend her induction. During a musical tribute to the music legend, Underwood sang "Different Drum." The country singer later performed "Blue Bayou" with Harris and Raitt. Crow and Glenn Frey, a member of the Eagles who once played in Ronstadt's backup band, performed "You're No Good." Frey also inducted Ronstadt.
Nicks later lead the group with a performance of "It's So Easy" and When Will I Be Loved."
Art Garfunkel was on hand to induct Cat Stevens, who initially left the music industry in 1977 and converted to Islam. He began performing again during the 1990s and currently performs under the name Yusuf. He sang "Father and Son," ''Wild World" and "Peace Train" at the event, according to The AP.
Chris Martin was on hand to induct Peter Gabriel and made a reference to the infamous "Say Anything" scene where John Cusack's character plays Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" on a boom box and holds it over his head as a grand romantic gesture. Gabriel performed that song during the ceremony and Martin later joined Gabriel on stage to perform Gabriel's song "Washing of the Water" together.