Michael Stipe

Backed by images of the late Kurt Cobain and his bandmates, former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe inducted Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night at a massive ceremony at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, declaring of the genre-shaping alt rock act that, “This is not just pop music. This is something much greater than that.”

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Stipe said of the band:

“Nirvana were artists in every sense of the word. Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream. They spoke truth and a lot of people listened.”

Below, you can watch a 17-minute clip featuring Stipe’s full induction speech, plus the acceptance speeches by surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic (via Randi J.).

 

Video: Michael Stipe inducts Nirvana into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 

 

 

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