The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will include a tribute to Prince by Lenny Kravitz, according to an announcement on March 29, 2017. The announcement was included with the addition of special guests to the lineup for the ceremony, which will take place on April 7, 2017 at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center. The ceremony will air on HBO on April 29, 2017.
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- Pharrell Williams will induct Nile Rodgers
- Pat Monahan will induct Journey
- Dhani Harrison will induct ELO
- Jackson Browne will induct Joan Baez
- Neil Young will induct Pearl Jam
- Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will induct Yes
Special guests performing at the sold out show include Kravitz, Alicia Keys, Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more.
Lenny Kravitz sent out a message about his upcoming tribute to Prince via Twitter, as follows:
"Getting ready to honor my friend Prince at the @rockhall ceremony. This is very personal for me and I so wish it wasn’t for this reason."
Kravitz was a close friend of Prince, who let him into his inner circle, according to an article on the Cleveland Plains Dealer. They both had more than a touch of Jimi Hendrix in their guitar playing and soulful sounds.
Prince died at his home and studio, Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn. On April 21, 2016, at the age of 57, according to the NY Times.
Kravitz cited Prince as one of his biggest influences in an interview with Rolling Stone published on April 27, 2016. Kravitz reminisced about meeting Prince in the 1990 and their subsequent friendship, stating, “He was a mentor … When he left, a part of me went too.”
Prince played at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, as part of a tribute to George Harrison with a performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” along with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, and others. A video of this performance is attached.