Legendary African-American musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 14. The event, held at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, saw an invigorating performance of some of her medleys by multi-platinum award-winning musician Lauryn Hill.
Alongside Andra Day and backed by The Roots band, they performed touching Nina Simone renditions including “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free,” “I Put a Spell on You,” “Feeling Good”, among others.
Grammy award-winning songstress Mary J Blige had the honor and privilege of inducting Simone into the hall of fame. Take a look at her speech below:
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Check out Lauryn Hill’s performance.
Here is Andra Day’s tribute
Born in 1933, Simone’s works have heavily influenced and inspired a lot of mainstream musicians. She passed away in 2003 at the age of 70.