New York City, also dubbed as the city that never sleeps, feels like a life crash course to most outsiders visiting or relocating from much less busy towns. New York is home to entrepreneurs looking to scale their careers and build a formidable fan base or customer base from all over the world. New York is full of internationally acclaimed tech innovators, musicians, actors, finance professionals, designers, authors, painters and other achievers from different genres of creativity. It is home to many entertainment houses such as HBO, and frequently holds prestigious events such as the BET, the Grammys and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On April 29th, HBO will air the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction celebrations which took place at the Brooklyn Barclays Center on April 7th. This year’s ceremony featured the recognitions of Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes and Tupac Shakur. David Letterman, Snoop Dogg, and Rush had the honors of presenting these icons’ inaugurations. During the presentations, Snoop Dogg gave a moving and playful speech about Tupac Shakur’s life and artistry. He explained that despite the common misconception that regards the late artist as an unorthodox character, Tupac was only human. He explained that Shakur valued his voice in speaking out for humanity and never shied away from the role. One of the moments that highlighted the night included Alicia Keys’ performances that paid tribute to Shakur. The performances integrated Tupac’s hits, ‘Changes’, ‘Dear Mama’ and ‘Ambitionz Az a Ridah’.
Other artists that gave outstanding presentations included the legendary Lenny Kravitz who performed Prince’s ‘The Cross’ and ‘When Doves Cry’. The Journey music band from the 70s had an electric stage presence which featured Arnel Pineda as the lead singer while performing ‘Don’t Stop Believin’. During the Journey’s inauguration speech, ex-member Steve Perry expressed his gratitude to co-founder Neal Schon and stated that he is one of his most cherished encounters. The 32nd celebrations featured nominees with songs released not later than 1991. The inductees’ enshrinements will be available for viewing in the Rock and Roll of Fame Museum in Cleveland. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began operating in 1983 and honors producers, artists, engineers and other influential figures who have had a significant contribution towards the development of rock and roll.