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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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Billie Joe Armstrong and Tre Cool of Green Day perform onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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Billie Joe Armstrong stared at the crowd assembled for the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and marveled out loud that it was like his childhood record collection come to life. When stars from so many generations and genres collide, sparks fly, and last night's extraordinary night in Cleveland demonstrated just how powerful rock & roll can be. Laughter, tears, fart jokes: Ringo Starr, Green Day, Bill Withers and Co. brought them all. These were the big night's biggest moments.

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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.

Full Report: Karen O, Beck, Nate Ruess Honor Lou Reed at Hall of Fame Induction

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Best Imitation Game: Fall Out Boy Deifies Green Day

Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump briefly went a little Single White Female during the band's loving tribute speech inducting California punk trio Green Day. "I tried to dress like them, I tried to play my dad's music real low like Billie Joe did," he said. "I followed every interview, I watched every TV performance…and the more immersed into the world I got, the more I thought that this band was one of the greatest."

The members of Fall Out Boy took turns trying to define the term "punk" in their speech. Stump bluntly referred to it as "pissing people off," while guitarist Pete Wentz defined it, in part, as having a willingness to buck expectations. "When conventional wisdom demanded another fast rock punk song and instead you put down a stripped-down ballad single that became the go-to prom song for a decade, that was pretty punk rock," he said.

It's a spirit that permeated Green Day's beautifully irreverent acceptance speech, which included bassist Mike Dirnt's shout-out to the Ford Econoline, "the best damn van a smelly touring band can have!"

Full Report: Read Fall Out Boy's Loving Green Day Tribute at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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