Musicians pay tribute to the late Velvet Underground frontman inducted into the Hall of Fame by Patti Smith
Both artists played covers of Reed’s songs. A pregnant Karen O and her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner performed ‘Vicious’ while Beck invited fun.’s Nate Ruess to back him in a cover of Reed’s ‘Satellite of Love.’ Watch both performances below.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Cleveland and honoured Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Punk poet and Reed’s friend Patti Smith, who inducted The Velvet Underground into the Hall Of Fame in 1996, gave a speech inducting Reed . In it, she recalled first making eye contact with the musician and conversations with him later in their friendship.
Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson also spoke of the late musician, echoing his sister’s earlier sentiments that Reed’s induction would have meant a lot to him.
Joan Jett, Dave Grohl and Miley Cyrus also performed together at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony.
The trio came together to play some of Jett’s back catalogue as she was inducted into the Hall Of Fame, with her band The Blackhearts.
Cyrus had previously given a speech inducting Jett into the Hall Of Fame, during which, Rolling Stone reports, she described her as “superwoman”. Watch the trio’s performance here.