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.”
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