Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameThe enduring artistic legacy of the late rapper Tupac Shakur will be honored when Snoop Dogg inducts him into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame tonight in Brooklyn, New York.
Electric Light Orchestra, known for its marriage of rock and classical, brought strings into a cover of Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" before going into the band's most recognizable hit, "Evil Woman".
Grunge icons Pearl Jam, progressive rock leaders Yes, the experimental Electric Light Orchestra and arena packers Journey also were inducted into the rock shrine at the gala in NY. It will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET on April 29.
The band will join the class of 2017, alongside folk icon Joan Baez, Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Tupac Shakur, and Journey, while Lenny Kravitz will pay tribute to Prince at the ceremony, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Any special guests: Of course, it's rock and roll.
"It turned out that these guys in Pearl Jam were something more than a band", David Letterman, former late night host who filled in for Neil Young.
Even though Journey's classic vocalist Steve Perry didn't reunite with the band during their Rock Hall performance (to the dismay of hopeful fans), he did offer up a touching speech, giving props to the R&B band he played in during high school, former bandmate Neal Schon's magic fingers, his lawyer and more.
After Nirvana just three years ago, Pearl Jam is the second band with roots in Seattle's grunge rock scene to make it into the Rock Hall.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Greg Harris tells ABC Radio that Tupac made the ballot this year because he became such a notable figure in such a short period of time.
Here's a look at who is in and when you can see the ceremony. "Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill". It was, in a word, spectacular, especially when Wakeman took his keytar on a stroll through the crowd of rock "n" roll royalty near the front of the stage.