Over the weekend, Ringo Starr was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame with an Award For Musical Excellence and the “5” Royals got an Early Influence nod.
Six artists were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the Performer category. Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band all received honors, and each got a speech and performance dedicated to them.
There were a number of highlights, including an emotional speech from Laurie Anderson, who accepted the award for her late husband, Lou Reed.
She was clearly emotional as she recounted their friendship. “His consciousness infiltrated and illuminated our cultural voice, Lou was a poet, able to fold his poetry within his music in the most poignant and plainspoken manner. Oh, such a perfect day.”
Reed’s partner of 20 years and wife of five, Laurie Anderson, took the podium to pay tribute to her late husband. She spoke of Reed’s ability to not only understand himself as a human but appreciate his work as an artist. “He could take his fame off like one of his leather jackets, or, he could just decide to use it.,” she said. “The fame, itself, was heavily important. Lou’s genuinely proud of what he’d done and could really appreciate his own work. And, tonight, he would have been so immensely proud to be a part of this.”