While Perry was slated to be at the induction ceremony and on stage to accept the award, there were no plans for him to perform with the band.
Like Shakur and Pearl Jam, Baez and ELO were all elected in their first year as nominees. She talked about how her fame has reached many generations.
Baez took her moment with the microphone to send a political message.
"It was our job, literally our job for us to come up with things to offer their fans", said Schultz. "I also want to thank you for all the great work you're doing in Chicago". Styles is also hoping to nab the number one spot this Friday, ending Ed Sheeran's epic 13-week reign on the singles chart with Shape Of You. Berry, who died three weeks ago at age 90, was the first inductee to the Rock Hall, in 1986.
Not only did Snoop Dogg deliver an incredible speech for his late friend ("I'm here to make sure Tupac is remembered the way he [should] to be: A strong black man who stood for his."). "No, for real! That's right Tupac is the one that got Snoop Dogg smoking blunts". It's a fact he never shied away from. "He wore it like a badge of honor". An entire choir sang backup with Kravitz, who beamed with passion for the Purple One.
The retired Late Show host, David Letterman, will be inductingPearl Jam into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Friday.
Fans of Neil Young can breathe easy because the singer is going to be just fine. "It was either that or he swallowed a harmonica". Letterman spent part of his speech mocking former Pearl Jam rivals Ticketmaster, joking that "because they stood up to the corporations I'm happy to say, ladies and gentleman, today every concert ticket in the United States of America is free".
The sold-out Barclay Center roared with applause when Pearl Jam finally picked up their instruments to perform.
Pearl Jam's current drummer, Matt Cameron, returned for the next two songs, "Given to Fly" and "Better Man".