Salute to Chuck Berry opens Rock Hall ceremony

Snoop Dogg has inducted the late Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a speech that was both touching and playful.

While the accompanying shirt obviously couldn't be easily read by everyone at the Barclays Center, a few hours later Pearl Jam posted it on Instagram for everyone to see up close.

Inductee Eddie Vedder from the band Pearl Jam performs at the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Vedder also used his speech to discuss climate change, saying "climate change is real, that's not fake news".

Emotions ran high for the induction of Shakur, the Harlem-born rapper who was gunned down at age 25 in a 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas that has never been resolved. Alicia Keys paid tribute to him with a medley of his hits on the piano, followed by Snoop Dogg and T.I. rapping.

More surprise special guests and performances are always possible. Members of Journey have also confirmed that Perry will be there, but were vague as to whether or not he will be performing with them on stage.

Arnel Pineda, who has been the band's frontman since 2007, greeted Perry with open arms backstage at the ceremony.

Guitarist Neal Schon was inducted along with fellow co-founding members Gregg Rolie and Ross Valory, as well as Steve Smith (their current drummer, he also served stints in 1978-85 and 1995-98), Aynsley Dunbar (1974-78) and Perry (1978-98).

The band is unsure if Perry would sing, as they said it would be up to him. "My granddaughter had no idea who I was until I took her backstage at a Taylor Swift concert, and then I got respect from her".

She was inducted by Jackson Browne, who said the first album he bought with his own money was Baez's second album.

Chuck Berry was the first artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he is the first to be honored at the Hall's 32nd annual ceremony.

When Chris Squire of Yes passed away two years ago this June, the bass world lost one of its true giants.

It's induction night with this year's ceremony begin held in Brooklyn, New York.

To be eligible, all of the nominees had to have released their first recording no later than 1991.

TMZ does say several sources who work with the ceremony's production say they were told Perry will indeed perform, even though officials at the Rock and Roll hall of Fame said they don't know anything about that.

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