Best Homage to a Rock & Roll Rebel: The Lou Reed Tribute
Patti Smith has covered Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" many times and wrapped up her tearful induction speech for the Velvet Underground leader by reciting some of the lyrics, but she ceded the performance stage to a younger generation. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner came out first for a fiery "Vicious" from Reed's 1972 classic Transformer backed by Paul Shaffer and his band. Karen wore sunglasses and one of her studded leather jackets, truly capturing the look and vibe of her New York rock forefather. They were followed by Beck, who sang a faithful rendition of "Satellite of Love" complete with horns and backup from fun.'s Nate Ruess that helped recreate the lush sound of the original recording.