With a wink and a nod, Madonna became a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer last night, along with John Mellencamp and Leonard Cohen, Billboard reports. Madonna got top billing, with Justin Timberlake giving her an innuendo-laden induction speech, and Iggy and the Stooges performing punked-up covers of “Burning Up” and latter-day single “Ray of Light.”
Billy Joel ushered in Mellencamp, telling the principled singer to “stay ornery” despite the honors. “We need you to stay pissed off and restless.” Mellencamp then ripped through three of his trademark tunes. Leonard Cohen was serenaded by a Damian Rice rendition of “Hallelujah.” Also inducted were the Dave Clark Five, the Ventures, producer/songwriters Gamble & Huff, and late blues harmonica great Little Walter.