Teen spirit fills up the Hall of Fame
GRUNGE rockers Nirvana – whose career was cut short by lead singer Kurt Cobain's suicide 20 years ago – have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
They were joined by Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Kiss, blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.
Nirvana were inducted in their first year of eligibility. Joan Jett replaced Cobain onstage at Brooklyn's Barclays Centre, singing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' with Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl.
"Nirvana fans walk up to me every day and say thank you for the music," said Novoselic, the band's bass player. "When I hear that, I think of Kurt Cobain."
Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, hugged the two surviving band members.
"I just wish Kurt was here to do this," she said.
Former REM singer Michael Stipe said that they were a voice for the disaffected. He said they were true artists, not just musicians.
"This is not pop music," Stipe said. "This is something much greater than that."