Watch Beck + Karen O Pay Tribute to Lou Reed at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
This past Saturday (April 18) marked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony. This year’s honorees included Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, Ringo Starr and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The event also brought no shortage of stellar performances, including Lou Reed tributes from Beck and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O and Nick Zinner.
Beck served up his own rendition of Reed’s “Satellite of Love” from 1972’s Transformer -- check that out above. Karen O and Zinner delivered a performance of Transformer’s “Vicious,” which you can watch below:
Patti Smith presented Reed’s posthumous award, during which she recounted her friendship with the Velvet Underground frontman and the day he died in 2013 and its impact on New York City, saying, “The whole city was in mourning.”
Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson accepted the award on her husband’s behalf, calling him a “radical innovator and an artist right until the very end of his life.” You can watch both Smith and Anderson’s speeches below:
This weekend’s ceremony also featured performances from new inductees Ringo Starr, Green Day and Joan Jett.