The first artist to be inducted was Bon Jovi, with presenter Howard Stern living up to his shock jock tag.
In addition to his musical career, Jon Bon Jovi is an active philanthropist, founding charity restaurants and a social service center for the needy, and raising millions for affordable housing and other needs. Opening with 1984's playful "You Might Think", they continued with the more muscular "Moving in Stereo" from their 1978 self-titled debut, before ending with "Just What I Needed", their first hit, also from The Cars.
Sambora and the band also had an unsolicited reunion with a pair of disc jockeys from WAPP in NY who helped to give them their big break in the early 1980s by playing "Runaway".
Cars vocalist and rhythm guitarist Ric Ocasek attended Bowling Green State University earlier in his life, but it didn't last long, Mr. Milliken said. "It feels odd to be up here without him", Ocasek said, who noted he lived in Cleveland for a while. The only thing that was missing at the ceremony was Jann Wenner, the co-founder of the Rock Hall.
Their die-hard fans pushed for years for them to be nominated, citing their influence on bands like Yes, Genesis and Rush all Hall of Famers.
Flowers will deliver the induction speech to welcome The Cars into the Hall.
After an "In memoriam" montage of those who passed in the previous year, Heart's Anne Wilson and Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell delivered a tribute to Chris Cornell.
The frontman said though he and the other current members haven't spoken to Sambora since he left the group, he invites the performer, along with Such, to be part of the Rock Hall festivities.
As cleveland.com pointed out, the songs aren't technically being inducted into the Hall, but will have a special display at the museum. A tribute to Simone included singers Lauryn Hill and Andra Day with backing from the Roots. The very few boys who took me on dates in those days were instantaneously upstaged if "Nights in White Satin" or "Dawn Is a Feeling" came on the vehicle radio. If I wrote a book, it would be the best time I ever had'.
Perhaps owing to the absence of the Knopfler brothers, Dire Straits - for the first time in the entire Rock Hall history - didn't have an induction speaker present them at the ceremony.
Rock Hall voters have recently opened their hearts to progressive rockers, which benefited "Nights in White Satin" singers The Moody Blues, the last act to be inducted Saturday.