Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 Highlights: Watch Taylor Swift Honor Carole King, Paul McCartney Induct Foo Fighters, Drew Barrymore Toast the Go-Go’s & More

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This past Saturday night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame‘s Class of 2021 — well, most of them, anyway — gathered in Cleveland for the official induction ceremony. The broadcast of the night’s festivities won’t air until Nov. 20 on HBO Max, but thanks to footage shared online from some lucky enough to be in the crowd, we have an idea of some of the incredible moments that went down on the evening.

The Rock Hall did go live with a red carpet show on YouTube featuring interviews from some relevant parties, and that video is still watchable:

And here’s a full-band interview with the Go-Go’s, who were (finally!) inducted:

Todd Rundgren, who was also finally included among the acts being honored with an induction, was not present for the ceremony and spoke out about his perspective, both to Rock Cellar in a new chat and TMZ:

Rock Cellar scoured social media throughout Saturday night’s events to help document what went down.

For Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters‘ Rock Hall induction marked his second, the first coming with Nirvana:

The Foo Fighters were inducted by none other than Sir Paul McCartney, a longtime friend and colleague of Grohl and the guys — and one that gives the group some serious bragging rights:

The Foos played a few of their hits, including “Best of You”:

They also played the Beatles’ classic “Get Back” with Paul, because why not, right?

Carole King‘s enshrinement was also indisputably well-deserved, and for her appearance she was joined by classic rock session legends Leland Sklar, Danny Kortchmar and Russ Kunkel (who are also at the core of the supergroup The Immediate Family):
[Photos by by Elissa Kline Photography]

King’s induction also earned a special shout-out from her friend and colleague, James Taylor:

Here’s a few brief seconds of Carole King’s induction performance:

King was inducted by Taylor Swift, who also brought the house down with a show-stopping performance of “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” that should be an amazing viewing experience with the Nov. 20 HBO Max broadcast. For now, here’s footage from someone in attendance:

Drew Barrymore turned up to induct the Go-Go’s, and did so with love and reverence, even recreating the look made iconic on the group’s 1981 debut album, Beauty and the Beat, for the occasion:

Tina Turner was also inducted:

Jennifer Lopez joined LL Cool J for his induction performance:

The late, great Randy Rhoads was also inducted for his timeless guitar work for Ozzy Osbourne. He was honored on the night in a video message featuring Ozzy and Zakk Wylde:

These were just a few of the highlights from what looked like an epic night.

As you can see, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 induction ceremony was full of pretty incredible moments — so be sure to watch the official broadcast event later this month for the full experience. And congratulations to those inducted!

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