JAY-Z Is Inducted Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame By More Than 40 Stars

JAY-Z, LL Cool J, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s and a host of other music legends were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 30. Footage and many of the details from the illustrious night leaked in real time and the days that followed. Hip-Hop owned the celebration, with luminaries like President Barack Obama, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Dave Chappelle paying tribute to Jay and LL through stirring speeches, performances and testimonials. It was not until last night (November 20), however, during the official airing of the ceremony on HBO, that the world was able to witness one of the true highlights of the night, and a standout tribute on any occasion.

Immediately following President Obama’s taped appearance lauding Shawn Carter, who helped the former POTUS get elected, a black and white video titled The Times…And Life Of Shawn Carter began to play. The title of the 4 and a half minute video, which was produced by Questlove, was a flip of the “Life and Times” motif Jay has used in his music, and featured more than 20 celebrities using Hov’s own words–lyrics, album names, song titles–to pay tribute to him.

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The video starts with Beyoncé, Jay’s wife who was not in attendance for the ceremony, saying “In my lifetime, more than a million rhymes, no joking.” What follows is a who’s who of surprise appearances including Common, DJ Khaled, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Regina King, Lenny Kravitz, DJ Premier, John Legend, MC Lyte, Rashida Jones, Kevin Hart, Lena Waithe, Halle Berry, Questlove, Naomi Campbell, Aziz Ansari, Jamie Foxx, Trevor Noah, Kerry Washington, Chris Martin, Usher, Rick Ross, Rihanna, Pharrell, Lupita Nyong’o, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, Jurnee Smollett, Ed Sheeran, DJ Clark Kent, Chris Rock, Lin Manuel Miranda, Tyler Perry, H.E.R., LeBron James, Jermaine Dupri, RZA, David Letterman, Alicia Keys, his mother Gloria Carter, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Blu Ivy Carter and more.

All told, more than 40 stars welcomed JAY-Z into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, including artists like Kendrick Lamar who, along with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, payed homage to Jay in yet another tribute video. It was a fitting induction for one of Hip-Hop’s most important icons.

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#BonusBeat: AFH discussed the impact of both LL Cool J and JAY-Z on a recent edition of its What’s The Headline podcast.