15 Best Moments at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Induction

The funniest speeches, most punk-rock performances and unlikeliest team-ups

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Best Rock & Roll Revelations: Laurie Anderson Accepts for Lou Reed
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Best Rock & Roll Revelations: Laurie Anderson Accepts for Lou Reed

Anyone with even a passing interest in Lou Reed was riveted by Laurie Anderson's speech on behalf of her longtime partner, who died in 2013 after a battle with liver disease. Her long, insightful remembrance had Dave Grohl, Miley Cyrus and Gary Clark Jr. all tearing up as she described Reed's self-aware gift for moving between writer and rock & roll star. "He could take his fame off like one of his leather jackets, or, he could just decide to use it," she artfully explained.

In a rare peek into Lou's inner world, Anderson enumerated his three rules for life: "One: Don’t be afraid of anyone. Two: Get a really good bullshit detector. And three: Three is be really, really tender. And with those three things, you don't need anything else."

She even spoke about his death, explaining that he did tai chi with his hands in his final moments on this Earth as he passed away in her arms. "I watched with joy and surprise that came over his face . . .and I became less afraid," she revealed.

Anderson singled out some of her husband's most polarizing work, specifically mentioning "the live versions of Metal Machine Music" and his final album, Lulu, recorded with Metallica, and her internal struggle with the LP – until David Bowie convinced her it was great. "I've been reading the lyrics and it is so fierce. It's written by a man who understood fear and rage and venom and terror and revenge and love," she said. "And it is raging." 

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