Rock and Roll Hall of Fame highlights

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Look at Kim Gordon go! You can practically hear her hitting the high notes even through a computer screen.

When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, the first thing that pops into a lot of people’s minds is crazy white makeup, long hair, and guys smashing guitars. While women are often overlooked in the rock ‘n’ roll industry, this Thursday, the leading ladies of several famous rock bands dominated the men in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony.

This year, the show was centered on honoring Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain 20 years after his death. Known singer and songwriter, Joan Jett, started the ceremony by singing one of Nirvana’s biggest classics “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Lorde, Kim Gordon, and the existing Nirvana members then performed other singles such as “All Apologies” and “Lithium”. When journalists caught up with Courtney Love, Cobain’s former wife, she thanked the performers and said, “I just wish Kurt was here to feel this.”

So, we had some crazy performances going on all night, but who actually got admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Linda Ronstadt was the only woman accepted this year, and because of health issues could not attend. Instead, a musical lineup of powerful women in the industry consisting of Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and Stevie Nicks, each paid tribute by singing a song from Ronstadt’s 50-year career.

Despite women being constantly ignored in the rock ‘n’ roll industry, they took a stand Thursday night and showed boys they too could rock!

Image courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Facebook and Barclays Center Facebook.