*The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place Thursday night at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, honoring Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Quincy Jones, Albert King, Heart, Randy Newman, Rush and Lou Adler.
Kelly Rowland and Jennifer Hudson were among the celebs ushering Summer into the Rock Hall, while Public Enemy’s Chuck D recalled his own adoration for Summer, who died on May 17, 2012. “I would’ve loved to do ‘The Hustle’ with her,” he said of his dream collaborations with this year’s class. “I had a big crush on Donna Summer my whole life.”
Spike Lee – dressed in his Mookie getup from “Do The Right Thing,” joined Harry Belafonte to induct Public Enemy. Chuck D definitely won the award for best speech in the press room, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as he poked fun at Flavor Flav’s rambling acceptance, which ran some 30 minutes long. But D felt that was precisely his longtime bandmate’s purpose: to confound.
“His job is to make you go ‘What the f—?’”
Oprah Winfrey and Usher helped Quincy Jones enter the Rock Hall. View more event and press room pics from last night below.