This year was a little different, though, as the Hall also officially recognized singles for the first time, creating a new (and seemingly limitless) category for songs that shaped the course of rock music, from a couple of the earliest to some psych-rock staples of the "60s".
Bassist John Illsley acknowledged the awkwardness of Knopfler not being present and then took a subtle swipe at his bandmate and close friend by saying, "it's more than one person, a collective". Their concept album "Days of Future Passed" is considered a classic and includes the hit "Nights In White Satin".
A handful of the 2018 Rock Hall inductees and the celebrities who inducted them headed backstage to the press room during tonight's Induction Ceremony. "They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment".
Alabama Shake's Brittany Howard paid tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe with a powerful performance of "That's All" and "Strange Things Happening Every Day". Soul singer Mary J. Blige then gave a somber speech as she inducted singer Nina Simone.
During a 20-minute speech, Jon Bon Jovi recounted the band's rise to superstardom from basements to sold-out arenas.
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The first artist to be inducted was Bon Jovi, with presenter Howard Stern living up to his shock jock tag.
"Pay some rock "n" roll respect.to the eternal Tom Petty", frontman Brandon Flowers said, as photos of Petty were displayed in the background.
The group then played "I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band, ' 'Wildest Dreams, ' 'Nights in White Satin" and 'Ride My See Saw.' The ceremony will be aired in the USA by HBO on 5 May. Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe also are being enshrined. "To all of you who have been a part of this ride for the last 35 years, and all the fans, we share this honor with you - because this life is a gift", Bon Jovi said. The band's current lineup - featuring longtime members Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge - will perform, while the group's founding keyboardist Mike Pinder and original lead singer Denny Laine are expected to be in attendance.
And Richie, who quit the group in 2013, was "very proud" to be back with his former bandmates.
According to USA Today, Howard Stern said of the group's rise to fame, "Aside from the incredible music accomplishments, they are some of the nicest men I ever met, humble and gracious".