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20 Best Moments at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction

The funniest speeches, loudest performances and most touching reconciliations

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The night was ripe for drama: Kiss' founding lineup were taking the stage together; Courtney Love and Dave Grohl were standing inches apart. But last night's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center was full of surprising hugs, landmark onstage collaborations and superfans in full face makeup. After the final strains of Nirvana's "All Apologies" faded into the night, these were the event's most memorable moments.

By Patrick Doyle, Caryn Ganz, Andy Greene, Brian Hiatt, Christian Hoard, Nick Murray and Simon Vozick-Levinson

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Best Punk-Rock History Lesson: Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic’s Nirvana Speeches

As soon as he reached the podium, Dave Grohl was quick to shout out those who came before him: "Not a lot of people know this, but I was the fifth drummer of Nirvana," he told the crowd, taking a moment to list the previous four and pointing to the camera to thank Chad Channing for writing the riffs that he got to play after he took over. Turning his attention to his musical upbringing, Grohl then shouted out some of the most important D.C. punk bands of his youth, and thanked his mom because "I listened to some really fucked up shit and my parents never told me not to."

Novoselic, meanwhile, focused on Washington, remembering how, "Kurt was an intense artist, and he really connected with a lot of people." He went on to thank people and organizations like Buzz Osborne of the Melvins and Sub Pop Records, the label that released Nirvana’s first single. 

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Best Superfan: Bill Murray

Bill Murray is known to show up in the unlikeliest of places, and he did just that during Cat Stevens’ speech when he went onstage to give Yusuf Islam a water. Murray could be seen having a blast from  his front-row seat throughout the night, dancing during "The E Street Shuffle" and giving some loud talkers the evil eye during Michael Stipe’s Nirvana induction speech. Murray hit up the after party later, where he spent some quality time with Bruce.

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Best Unexpected Beef: Hall & Oates Vs. The E Street Band

Daryl Hall and John Oates got to the stage right after the E Street Band took nearly 40 minutes to deliver their speeches, totally throwing the planned running time of the evening out the window. To save time, the duo gave part of their speech together and Oates took a little shot at the E Street Band: "Aren't you glad there's just two of us?" he said. Daryl Hall dug in a little deeper backstage. "You don't give each member of a 12-piece band 20 minutes," he said. "You don't do that. That's just bad planning."​

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