Snoop Dogg inducts Tupac into Rock Hall


Snoop Dogg, who inducted the late rapper Tupac Shakur, poses in the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony press room, April 7, 2017.

The 1960s protest singer Joan Baez, British progressive rock group Yes, and Seattle-based grunge band Pearl Jam were also among the rock hall class of 2017.

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.

He said: "The day Led Zeppelin gets put into the Hip Hop Hall of Fame is the day I will personally accept rap artists as being brought into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Let us build a great bridge, a handsome bridge, to welcome the exhausted and the poor", Baez told the Hall of Fame audience.

The "Whatever You Like" hitmaker joined Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, YG, and Naughty by Nature's Treach to pay tribute to 2Pac with a medley of his songs at the NY ceremony, with T.I. covering his 1993 track "Keep Ya Head Up".

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Then, Snoop returned to the stage with YG for "2 of Americaz Most Wanted". "You heard right. Snoop Dogg and Tupac parasailing together, and Suge Knight was driving the boat!" Inductees will eventually be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland.

In related news, Pharrell presented Nile Rodgers with the Musical Excellence award at the event.

Electric Light Orchestra honored Berry, who died last month, with an electrifying performance of "Roll Over Beethoven" at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday.

To be eligible, all of the nominees had to have released their first recording no later than 1991. Look for the show to air on HBO on April 29th.