Nirvana, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain’s family unite at emotional induction to Hall Of Fame – watch

The band performed with guest singers including Lorde and Joan Jett at induction ceremony in Brooklyn last night (April 10)

Lorde, St Vincent, Joan Jett and Kim Gordon, formerly of Sonic Youth, joined the remaining members of Nirvana – drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear – for a one-off performance to mark the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last night (April 10).

As reported by Rolling Stone, Joan Jett sang ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, Kim Gordon performed ‘Aneurysm’, St Vincent played ‘Lithium’ and Lorde sang ‘All Apologies’. See below for fan-shot video footage of the performances.

The four-song set followed the band’s induction into the Hall Of Fame, which was conducted by REM’s Michael Stipe. On stage were Grohl, Novoselic, Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love and members of Cobain’s family, including his sisters Kimberly Cobain and Brianne O’Conner and mother Wendy, who said, “I’m already crying because he’d be so proud. I miss him so much, he was such an angel.”

Stipe opened by praising the band’s “crystalline, nuclear, rage-infused fury”. He said: “Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream. They spoke truth and a lot of people listened… They were singular and loud and melodic and deeply original. And that voice. That voice. Kurt, we miss you. I miss you. This is not just pop music. This is something much greater than that.”

Dave Grohl began his speech by thanking the four drummers who preceded him in Nirvana, including Chad Channing, who drummed on the 1988 single ‘Love Buzz’ that qualified Nirvana for induction this year under the Hall Of Fame’s rules. Channing was in attendance but not inducted, and sat with fellow former Nirvana drummers Dale Crover and Dan Peters.

Grohl referred to himself as “the quiet one” in Nirvana, and thanked his mum “for letting me drop out of high school”.

Grohl said: “I have to give credit to all of the other drummers who came before me. Dale Crover from The Melvins, who is my drumming hero. Chad Channing, Chad’s here somewhere, isn’t he? Here’s the thing. Guess what? If you listen to a song like ‘In Bloom’, that’s Chad. When I joined the band I had the honour of playing Chad’s parts, so thank you very much.”

He continued: “We came from this underground punk rock scene where there were no awards or ceremonies or trophies. It was all about doing it for real and the reward was doing it right and sharing the community of music. Helping other musicians and inspiring people. We were really lucky to grow up in the Washington punk rock scene.”

Krist Novoselic said: “Nirvana fans walk up to me every day and say thank you for the music. When I hear that, I think of Kurt Cobain.”

Courtney Love and Grohl hugged at one point, a public thawing of a relationship which has been markedly frosty in the two decades since Cobain’s death. Before embracing the drummer, Love said: “You know, I have a big speech, but I’m not going to say it. This is my family.” After the hug, she said, “I just wish Kurt was here to do this.”

Love later added: “I just wish Kurt could have been here. Tonight he would have really appreciated it. I just want to give this to our daughter Frances Bean, who couldn’t be here because she was ill.”

After the ceremony, the Hole singer tweeted to say that she thinks Kurt Cobain would have been happy she and Grohl had buried the hatchet.

Scroll down to watch footage of the speeches.

The most magical part of the evening. Thank you Dave, love you. I know this made him smile up there

— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) April 11, 2014

Speaking to Billboard after the ceremony ended, St Vincent’s Annie Clarke said: “Those guys were feminists in the early ’90s, when it wasn’t hip to be, and they were rad and forward-thinking. If you’re going to play these songs again, do it from a little bit of a different angle.”

As well as Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt were also enrolled into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The E Street Band received the Award for Musical Excellence and Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham earned the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.

Joan Jett had previously been rumoured to be joining the band after a photograph of her distinctive Gibson Melody Maker guitar alongside Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear’s instruments was posted on the Foo Fighters’ Instagram account. The identity of the other guests was kept secret until the show.