Seattle rockers Pearl Jam, the late rapper Tupac Shakur and 1970s hitmaking band Journey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night. Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes were also part of the 2017 class inducted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which kicked off with a tribute to Chuck Berry. The new inductees closed the multi-hour event with a group performance, and before that Pearl Jam electrified with a performance of their well-known songs. David Letterman inducted the band, and brought a small guitar and letter onstage that he said Vedder gave to his son days before his late-night show ended in 2015.
Most of these inductees, especially Yes, ELO, and Journey, are well deserved…and long overdue. But, Tupac was a rapper; NOT a rock and roll artist. After all, this is the “Rock & Roll” Hall of Fame; NOT the rap hall of fame.