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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Welcomes Its Class of '07

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Welcomes Its Class of '07

Monday night seems like a strange time to celebrate rock and roll, but there was plenty of awesomeness at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony, held last night at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. For the first time ever, the awards were broadcast live on TV, but if you missed the show on VH1 Classic, you can watch it on demand at AOL Music.


Jay-Z was on hand to induct hip-hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, which he did by reading a speech off of his PDA. Other inductees included legendary girl group the Ronettes, inducted by Keith Richards; Patti Smith, who accepted the honor from Zack De La Rocha; and R.E.M., who received their award from Eddie Vedder.

Unfortunately, Eddie Van Halen couldn't make it because he's in rehab, but the group bearing his moniker was still officially inducted by Velvet Revolver. Two former band members, Sammy Hagar and ex-bassist Michael Anthony, were there to accept the award.

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