Backstage in Cleveland, the soul legend explained what baseball player Dizzy Dean had to do with his joyous induction
"I look at them as some of my biggest influences and people whose footsteps I'm trying to walk in," the singer says of soul legends like Withers and Stevie Wonder
Beatle talks about his friend's honor ("It's about fucking time!") and return to the charts ("It's cool!")
The funniest speeches, most punk-rock performances and unlikeliest team-ups
Lou Reed, Joan Jett and Bill Withers also receive special inductions
"It's been an incredible journey for me with these three guys," Beatles drummer says in enthusiastic remarks
"Lou’s genuinely proud of what he’d done and could really appreciate his own work," legend's widow says
Artists performed selections from singer's celebrated 'Transformer' LP
McCartney remembers "the beginning of the Beatles" with heartfelt speech in Cleveland
Legendary pop-punks perform "American Idiot," "When I Come Around" and "Basket Case"
"His consciousness infiltrated and illuminated our cultural voice," Smith says of Reed
"No one else can do anything the way Green Day does," Fall Out Boy basist Pete Wentz says
Billie Joe Armstrong says he became a rock fan as "soon as I opened my eyes and took my first breath"
John Lennon's widow says the Beatles drummer "embodies peace and love" at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
"There isn't one other person on this planet that's been an inspiration to me like you have," singer says of rock idol