Day, who was brilliantly backed by The Roots, sang ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free,’ and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ song ‘I Put a Spell on You’, which Simone famously covered. It was then left to Lauryn Hill to take on ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas,’ ‘Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,’ and ‘Feeling Good.’
While inducting Simone, Blige talked about her undeniable influence throughout music. “Hip-hop took notice, with artists such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, Common, JAY-Z and myself, amongst others, sampling her extensively,”
Other inductees to this year’s entrance include the Cars, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, and Dire Straits.