Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, and more lent their vocal chops to Saturday night’s 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony held at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
Swift had all eyes on her as she opened the in-person event, which went virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a rendition of Carole King’s co-written song Will You Love Me Tomorrow.
The 31-year-old singer’s moving performance served as the induction of King into the Hall Of Fame who had previously presented her with the Artist of the Decade award at the 2019 American Music Awards.
Performer: Taylor Swift stole the show as she performed in a lacy catsuit at the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday evening
Taylor’s show-stopping performance look included a black lace catsuit with hints of sparkles, and black heeled booties which showed off her svelte frame.
Her golden locks were left down in soft waves and she wore a light face of makeup which included a gentle smokey eye and a pink lip.
The performance was full of heart and admiration for the 79-year-old singer whose music she grew up listening to.
And though she did put her own spin on the song — which was written by she and former husband Gerry Goffin and performed by The Shirelles in 1960 — the performance was enough to move Carole to tears.
Induction: The moving performance which opened the show, served as the induction of King into the ROck & Roll Hall Of Fame
Cheeky: A view of Taylor’s svelte frame and backside could be seen in images captured
She pranced around the stage in her eye-catching look and did some verses with her microphone in the stand before working the room with a handheld mic.
As the camera panned to her she reportedly wiped tears from her eyes and gave an emotion-filled nod of approval.
After her performance, Taylor officially inducted King into the Hall Of Fame for the second time.
She was previously inducted in 1990 for her songwriting achievements alongside Gerry Goffin.
Nod of approval: As the camera panned to Taylor, she reportedly wiped tears from her eyes and gave an emotion-filled nod of approval
Sultry: Between her outfit and her emotion while singing the classic 1960 song, Swift brought the house down
Legacy: ‘Thank you for carrying the torch forward, Carole told Taylor in her induction speech
Crowd pleaser: Throughout the performance Swift received cheers from fans in the crowd
Full scale: From a wide shot the magnitude of the audience and stage setup were seen
Only two other women have snagged the honor of being twice-inducted, including Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner — who also received a dual induction at the 2021 ceremony.
‘Thank you for carrying the torch forward, Carole said to Taylor in her induction speech.
She continued to say: ‘You know I’m kind of a hermit, to come out and see old friends and new, and all of you here tonight, to welcome all of the inductees, it’s unbelievable.
‘I keep hearing it, so I guess I am going to have to own it, that today’s female singers and songwriters stand on my shoulders.’
Ethereal: Her golden locks were left down in soft waves and she wore a light face of makeup which included a gentle smokey eye and a pink lip
Personal ties: The ladies have crossed paths before as King had presented Taylor with her 2019 AMA award for Artist Of The Decade
Jenny from the block! Jennifer Lopez performed as part of LL Cool J’s big night where he received the Award for Musical Excellence
Wow! The stunning singer looked phenomenal in her edgy stage look
Abs of steel! The singer’s fantastic washboard abs were a sight to behold as she collaborated with honoree LL Cool J
Touchy! Even LL who she has collaborated with on numerous songs including All I Have couldn’t resist touching her midriff
Dynamic duo: For LL’s second surprise guest as a special honored guest of the evening, he brought out none other than Eminem
Collaboration: The duo performed Rock the Bells and it included a near rap battle
Second tribute: Jennifer Hudson also paid tribute You’ve Got a Friend crooner also received a tribute performance from Jennifer Hudson
Former collaborators: The Dream Girls star and King had collaborated on a song for the Aretha Franklin biopic
Pop diva: Christina Aguilera paid tribute to Tina Turner at the event
Giving it her all: The Genie In A Bottle singer laid down her signature pipes while rocking a T-shirt and corset ensemble
Production: As each artist paid tribute to one of their greats a giant visual of them was plastered behind
Her turn: Mickey Guyton was also there to pay tribute in song to Tina Turner
Stacked lineup: Additionally H.E.R. and Keith Urban paid the Proud Mary legend a joint tribute
Keeping the energy up: The singer and the New Zealand born musician took turns with killer electric guitar riffs
Another tribute: Gary Clark Jr. also performed a tribute number to the late Charley Patton
Her turn! Carole was also seen delighting the audience with a song as she played the piano
Additionally the legendary You’ve Got a Friend crooner also received a tribute performance from Jennifer Hudson.
She and Hudson had collaborated on a song for the Aretha Franklin biopic, and at the event Carole was seen posing with her daughters Louise and Sherry Goffin as well as Grohl in a backstage snap.
The 12 other inductees/special award recipients at the 2021 ceremony were: Tina Turner, The Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, Todd Rundgren, Charley Patton, Gil-Scott Heron, Billy Preston, Clarence Avant and Randy Rhoads.
LL Cool J was given the Award for Musical Excellence by Dr. Dre and surprised the crowd as he brought out Jennifer Lopez and Eminem to perform some of his classic hits on stage.
Tina Turner was inducted by Angela Bassett who played her in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It, for which she was nominated for an Oscar.
Chuffed: Taking the microphone to induct King, Swift slipped a blazer over her show look
Momentous: Swift took the stage to say some words about her inspiration with old images of the legendary songwriter on screens in the back
Honored: The singer songwriters exchanged words while the Wildest Dreams singer handed her an honorary trophy
Taking credit: ‘I keep hearing it, so I guess I am going to have to own it, that today’s female singers and songwriters stand on my shoulders,’ Carole said in her speech
Also honored: Dr. Dre handed LL the Award for Musical Excellence, but he was not inducted
Overwhelmed: The R&B great looked overwhelmed to receive the honor
Presenting: Angela Bassett who played Turner in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got To Do inducted the singer in but she was not present
Special honor: Clarence Avant was also presented with the Ahmet Ertegun Award by Lionel Richie
Jay-Z! Jay-Z was also an inductee for the evening as he was seen sans Beyonce applauding after some moving performances during the ceremony
Enthused: Drew Barrymore inducted The Go-Go’s into the Hall Of Fame and got crafty with her speech
Towel up! Barrymore was seen wrapping a towel around her body and her head before doing a face mask in a cooky introduction
Imitating art: The daytime talk show host continued to emulate the band’s Beauty And The Beat album with a towel and face mask
Buddied up: Paul McCartney presented Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters with their induction, marking Grohl’s second as a musician after being inducted for Nirvana; (right to left) Nancy Shevell, Grohl, and McCartney pictured
Family affair: Grohl was joined by his daughters Violet, 15, Harper, 12, and Ophelia, seven, as well as his wife Jordyn Blum (pictured above)
More attendees! Michael J Fox (right) was seen in attendance at the event
Performances in Turner’s honor included H.E.R. and Keith Urban, Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton and Bryan Adams, but Turner was not there in person to accept the award.
Gary Clark Jr. also performed a tribute number to the late Charley Patton who was inducted .
The Foo Fighters were inducted by Paul McCartney and The Go-Go’s were inducted by Drew Barrymore, and Clarence Avant was also presented with the Ahmet Ertegun Award by Lionel Richie.
The event will be accessible to stream on HBO and HBO Max sometime in November.
Amid the Coronavirus, this year all ticket holders were required to show proof of vaccination (14 days past final vaccination shot) or a negative COVID test within 48 hours.
Towering above: In a backstage snap Swift was seen towering over King who kept it cool in Van sneakers at the event
Hugs: The ceremony was held in person this year following 2020’s virtual event but proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test were required for entry
Honored: Both two time inductees, Grohl and King posed for a photo
Sweet moment: After her tribute performance Hudson posed with King who received her second Hall Of Fame induction
Costume change: Jennifer was seen backstage with Dr. Dre as she beamed in a black suit that bared her abs
Best buds: Dr. Dre and Eminem whose friendship and collaborative roots go way back were seen backstage
Squad! The iconic quadruplet of Eminem, Dr. Dre, LL and JLo were pictured together
Bling bling: Cool J showed off his very icy diamond knuckle ring with his name
Radiant: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were also in attendance at the star-studded event
Trio: The Big Little Lies star posed with her husband of 15 years and Dr. Dre backstage