Bon Jovi, Nina Simone make it into Rock Hall

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"The bubonic plague killed only 50 million people", he said. The dream I'm talking about is that this great band of brothers are finally joining their fellow musicians in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I love these guys and so do you.

One imagines Tico Torres, Phil X, Hugh McDonald, David Bryan, and Alec John Such were happy to get the public acknowledgement by name, when so numerous media sometimes seem only aware of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.

The Cars gave an awesome showing of "I Guess You're Just What I Needed".

Bon Jovi's portion of the four-hour-plus event ran an hour-long on Saturday night, with Jon Boni Jovi giving a lengthy 20-minute speech onstage.

Bon Jovi also hosted a private afterparty at a warehouse in Cleveland's Flats district, where group members mingled with family, friends, business associates and others. However, he wound up playing a much bigger role in the show than expected, as The Killers opened the ceremony with an un-scheduled performance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "American Girl" (complete with "Free Fallin'" vocal quotes) in honor of the recently-departed rock legend, who himself was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

R&B star Mary J. Blige will welcome Simone into the Rock Hall, while contemporary R&B singer Andra Day will perform in Nina's honor.

During the ceremony the Rock Hall announced a new category, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Singles, inducting six songs as the inaugural class - "Rocket 88" by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats, Link Wray and his Ray Men's "Rumble", "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen, Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" and Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild".