From the New York Daily News:

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic accepted their induction just four days after the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death.

Nirvana’s emotional induction included speeches from Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, as well as his mother, Wendy O’Connor.

R.E.M’s Michael Stipe, whom Cobain greatly admired, gave the official induction.

“Nirvana captured lightning in a bottle,” he said. The band pushed “us forward towards our individual and collective potential.”

He saluted Nirvana’s anti-mainstream stance and specifically Cobain for offering an “outsider voice for the fags, the fat, the fed-up and the bullied.”

“Kurt, I miss you,” he said, rawly.

Cobain’s mother fought back tears as she said of her son “he would have been so proud. He’d say he wasn’t, but he would be.”

An uncommonly terse Love echoed that sentiment, “Tonight, he really would have appreciated.”

Love also vowed to give the award to their daughter, Francis Bean, “who isn’t here because she’s sick.”
Novoselic thanked Cobain for fronting music “that means so much for so many people.”

Joan Jett sang lead with the band on a ferocious “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Several other women also sang Cobain’s parts with genuine brilliance and edge: Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth on “Aneurysm,” Annie Clark on “Lithium” and Lorde on “All Apologies.”

You can read more about the induction — which also included greats Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Yusef Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and The E Street Band — at the New York Daily News.

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