Step into the electrifying world of music legends! Discover the unforgettable moments as Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, and Missy Elliott are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The stars aligned in a night of epic performances and emotional tributes.
Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, and Missy Elliott, among other luminaries, were welcomed into the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a spectacular event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This grand occasion saw a gathering of music’s brightest stars, such as Elton John, Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, and Carrie Underwood, who came together to pay homage to these legendary artists.
The night commenced with a high-energy performance by Sheryl Crow and Olivia Rodrigo, who electrified the audience with a rendition of Crow’s timeless hit, “If It Makes You Happy,” wielding their guitars with passion.
Actress Laura Dern then graced the stage to honor Sheryl Crow, highlighting Crow’s illustrious career, her activism, her achievements in the music industry, and the profound influence she has had on other artists. Crow’s status as a revered artist was firmly cemented.
A captivating video tribute chronicling Crow’s career, featuring interviews with Maren Morris, Stevie Nicks, and Olivia Rodrigo, paved the way for a remarkable performance as Crow and Nicks united on stage to deliver Crow’s classic, “Strong Enough.” To make the evening even more special, Crow invited Peter Frampton, one of her musical heroes, to join them. With Nicks on vocals and Frampton on guitar, the trio captivated the audience with a soul-stirring rendition of “Everyday Is a Winding Road.”
In a moment filled with gratitude and disbelief, Sheryl Crow accepted her award, expressing her immense honor at being inducted alongside one of her greatest admirers, Willie Nelson. She acknowledged her parents for introducing her to music greats like Duke Ellington, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, James Taylor, and Carole King, as well as providing her with piano lessons. Crow also expressed her appreciation for her two sons, Wyatt and Levi, and reflected on the profound impact music has had on her life.
The night concluded with a touching tribute to the late Jimmy Buffett, as Crow shared his quote: “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” She emphasized that her journey, like that of any young musician, is a story of infinite possibilities, driven by her love for the work.
On the red carpet before the ceremony, Sheryl Crow revealed that her most significant self-discovery throughout her career has been her connection to her community.
Jazmine Sullivan, the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, took the stage to honor Chaka Khan, who received the musical excellence award. After a captivating video highlighting Khan’s career and featuring interviews with H.E.R., Queen Latifah, and Joni Mitchell, Khan dazzled the audience with performances of her iconic songs, including “I Feel For You,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “Sweet Thing,” and “I’m Every Woman,” alongside Common, Sia, and H.E.R.
When it was time for Dave Matthews to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, he paid a heartfelt tribute to the country music legend, Willie Nelson. Nelson, appreciative of the honor, performed some of his classic hits with Chris Stapleton. Sheryl Crow also joined the stage to perform “Crazy” with Nelson.
Missy Elliott, the final artist to be inducted, received a moving tribute from Queen Latifah. Elliott delivered an electrifying performance of her hit songs, including “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” and “Lose Control.” She expressed her gratitude for her journey, acknowledging the divine source of her gifts and the incredible people she’s met along the way. As the first female rapper to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, she emphasized the significance of the 50th year anniversary of hip-hop.
The event was filled with other noteworthy moments, including a tribute to George Michael by Miguel, Adam Levine, and Carrie Underwood, Elton John’s heartfelt homage to his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin, who received the musical excellence award, and a poignant performance of “Tiny Dancer” by John himself on the piano.
The night also saw the induction of Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, and The Spinners, while DJ Kool Herc and Link Wray received the musical influence award, and Don Cornelius was honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award. Al Kooper also received the musical excellence award alongside Chaka Khan. This monumental event celebrated the diverse tapestry of music and the enduring legacy of these extraordinary artists.