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Pearl Jam Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Stacy Diaz | 20 April, 2017, 06:42

"Due to illness, Neil Young is regrettably no longer able to induct Pearl Jam at this year's induction ceremony", the statement said.

Also being inducted into the Rock Hall tonight will be folk singer-songwriter Joan Baez, grunge rockers Pearl Jam and late rap great Tupac Shakur.

On Friday, 2Pac joined ELO, Journey, Joan Baez, Nile Rodgers of Chic, Pearl Jam, and Yes as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

In this week's Music Minute; highlights from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2017, Harry Styles gears up for Saturday Night Live performance and Maximo Park's Paul Smith talks to IBTimes UK about the band's new album Risk To Exist.

From Tupac to Steve Perry and Journey, to a stunning speech from David Letterman about Pearl Jam, the induction ceremony was truly special and memorable, and we've got all the highlights here!

Vedder issued a call to arms on climate change - saying that rising temperatures were not, in the phrasing of industry-friendly US President Donald Trump, "fake news".

"You put us here, we would not be here if not for you", Perry said.

The ceremony also included an honor for Chuck Berry, who was the very first artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Shakur, Baez, Pearl Jam and ELO were all elected in their first year as nominees.

Enormous roars were heard from the crowd every time the camera focused on the band and lead singer Eddie Vedder, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

"Let us together repeal and replace brutality and make compassion a priority, " Baez told the Hall of Fame audience. "I don't believe in guilty pleasures, you either like something or you don't and I've loved this band my whole life!" "No, for real! That's right Tupac is the one that got Snoop Dogg smoking blunts".

Perry's last full concert with Journey was in 1987. They started with "Alive", before moving on to "Given to Fly", "Better Man" and Neil Young's, "Keep On Rockin' in the Free World".

The show will air April 29 on HBO. "I've been gone a long time, but I want you to know you've never not been in my heart", he said, which was met with deafening applause.