Robert Plotnik, ‘Bleecker Bob’ of Record-Store Fame, Dies at 75

His Greenwich Village shop, which he opened with a partner in Manhattan in 1967, helped to nurture punk rock and became a haven for fans and musicians alike.
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Crooner Michael Buble receives star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Crooner Michael Buble has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rough Cut. No Reporter Narration.


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The biggest Hall of Fame snubs, and whom they should replace

It’s unjust that these players remain on the outside looking in. Plus, which players would we remove to make room for our snubs?
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Bill Cosby’s Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Vandalized With Words ‘Serial Rapist’ & ‘#Me Too’

Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame has been vandalized. In blue permanent marker, someone wrote “serial rapist” and “#MeToo” next to his name on the star. 


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Carrie Underwood gets emotional at Walk of Fame ceremony

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Looking ahead at the next three Basketball Hall of Fame classes

All eyes are already on 2020, when a star-studded group featuring Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett could become part of one of the best Hall classes ever.
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How Aretha Franklin blew the doors open to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In 1987, Aretha Franklin made history as the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And in doing so, she set the stage for generations of female artists — more specifically, female African American artists.


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John Miner: How the Gretzky trade ‘was my claim to fame’

One of the seven players dealt in the move that shocked the sports world, Miner reflects on how ‘The Trade’ impacted the rest of his career.
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D.A. Charges Trump Walk of Fame Star Vandal Austin Clay

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Jeff Goldblum Day in Hollywood as actor receives star on Walk of Fame

The longtime character actor was on hand to receive the 2,638th star. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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Why no NHL players made the World Fame 100 list

Hockey players were frozen out of our accounting of the 100 most famous athletes on the planet — although, no surprise, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin came closest.
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‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin To Be Honored With Posthumous Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Gone, but not forgotten. “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, alongside his loved ones and animal visitors from his native Australia.


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Eva Longoria Receives A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Eva Longoria’s star status has been cemented! The actress and producer received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, and a long list of her celeb friends – including Reese Witherspoon and Ricky Martin – joined her for the big day. See what other stars came to celebrate the “Desperate Housewives” alumna.


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Rachel Dolezal’s Son Calls Her Out For Wanting Fame In New Documentary Clip From Netflix

There’s one person that doesn’t seem to be a fan of Rachel Dolezal’s new documentary “The Rachel Divide” — her son. 


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John Mahoney of ‘Frasier’ fame dies at 77

John Mahoney, a veteran character actor best known for playing the curmudgeonly dog-loving father of the title character in TV’s “Frasier,” has died, his publicist said Monday.


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Malcolm Young, Whose Guitar Riffs Helped Propel AC/DC to Fame, Dies at 64

Mr. Young, who was a founder of the band, was known for his raucous energy. A family statement said he had had dementia for several years.
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Get to know the 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees

The Country Music Hall of Fame began inducting members in 1961, six years before they had a building in which to house its honorees' portraits. The first artists to enter the Hall were Hank Williams, Jimmy Rodgers and Fred Rose, and they've since been joined by 130 other stalwarts of the country music community. This year's inductees – Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed and Don Schlitz – should require no introduction, but just in case you're new to the genre, here's are some of the highlights of their remarkable careers.
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Selena Quintanilla’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Be Dedicated Nov. 3

On Nov. 3, a day to become known as Selena Day in Los Angeles, Selena Quintanilla will officially become the 2,622nd star on the Hollywood Walk of…
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The shortlist for 2018 also includes Rage Against the Machine, Bon Jovi, LL Cool J, Judas Priest and more.
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The 2017 class of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame will host its 2017 induction ceremony and concert on September 15, although it will not air on television until February. While you may not be able to see the show right away, you can still check out all of the inductees before hand. This year's class includes solo performers, group acts, DJs, record labels and photographers. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame will also have a permanent home in Harlem on 125th street. It'll be a 20-story building that will be home to hip hop memorabilia and history.
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Young M.A. on Handling Fame and Being a Cardi B Fan: Exclusive Video

Young M.A. has been on the rise since the release of her 2016 single, "Ooouuu."
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Marc Bouwer’s President and Influencer Paul Margolin Discusses Fleeting Online Fame

IN AN INSTANT: While many know Paul Margolin as the president of Marc Bouwer Inc., even more know him from Instagram. That was until Wednesday when his account was hacked — and gone with it, 46,000 followers.
That was unwelcome news for Margolin, who has worked as a social influencer with such brands as The Underwear Expert, Morphine Lips and the Chappy dating app, among others. When not working in Bouwer’s Fulton Street studio and office, he has been fielding requests from Musefind and WeTrend. More often than not, Margolin posted images with his fiancé Sergio Zapata. The 360-degree drone-shot video of Zapata proposing to Margolin near Bethesda Fountain in Central Park helped to make them a popular InstaCouple.
“My Instagram stories were getting 4,000 views on a story. There is a value to all of it,” Margolin said. “Plus, I just disappeared to everybody. I only followed 350 and I was followed by 46,000.”
In his 20s Margolin ditched a short-lived modeling career to help Bouwer start his company from the designer’s Greenwich Village apartment. A regular at one of Equinox’s downtown club, Margolin often posted photos of his shirtless self. The favorable responses to his fitness-related posts made him consider getting

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Gigi Gorgeous: Her Rise To Fame (Self-Made YouTube Stars Series)

YouTube sensation Gigi Gorgeous has been a fierce advocate for LGBTQ youth. She has been very candid about being a transgender woman on her YouTube channel that attracts over 2.5 million subscribers in her documentary, “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous.” Access Hollywood’s Alex Hudgens spoke with Gigi for our continuing series – “Self-Made YouTube Stars.”


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Kendrick Lamar Tells Fans How Fame Changed People During 6-Minute Speech [VIDEO]

If these walls could talk, they would say Kendrick Lamar is the sh*t and he’s putting it down for the purest form of Hip-Hop music.

During his latest pit stop in New York City for the Kunta’s Groove Sessions Tour, K. Dot decided to take a break from his virtuoso style of emceeing and give fans the skinny how

“Within six months of good kid, m.A.A.d city dropping, the life of what I knew or knew what I was or think I knew, that shit changed within six months,” the Grammy Award-winning rap star told the packed house of Webster Hall. “And you’re going through the vultures of the world telling you you’re great and you’re trying to make yourself believe that, but it’s hard because you’re institutionalized from where you come from.”

Released in October of 2012, Kendrick’s studio debut album went on to become a certified classic and the entry point he needed to be mentioned amongst music’s elite. His follow-up To Pimp a Butterfly has been subjected to extreme critiques on both sides of the spectrum, but the conversation has managed to keep the album alive when traditional means of promotion have since faded.

“I think this sh*t could live forever,” he continued. “I’m looking at y’alls faces. I got some of the most loyal, dedicated fans in the world and New York is one of them. Don’t mind me I could talk all day. To Pimp A Butterfly. God allowed this motherf*cking album to soar all the way to the top, with no motherf*cking commercial success. God allowed this to be top-tier without a radio single and sh*t.”

“I got some of the most loyal, dedicated fans in the world,” K. Dot said, thanking the audience for their support.

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s impromptu outro in the video above and flip through the gallery below to see the highlights of the show taken by YouTube user Jermaine Maxwell.

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Country Music Hall of Fame pays tribute to Keith Urban in new exhibit

Keith UrbanThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicating an exhibit to crooner Keith Urban that will trace his beginnings as a musician in Australia to his meteoric rise in the country music industry. "Keith Urban So Far," will feature everything from his 1989 Fender Telecaster, handwritten song manuscripts, excerpts from scrapbooks of his childhood, and the shirt he wore on his debut album cover. Urban first entered the scene in 1999 and has since gone on to sell more than 20 million albums throughout his career.



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Exclusive: 6 Seconds Of Fame (VIDEO)

6 Seconds of Fame is a series of the funniest and most trending six second videos on the social network scene. Check out the videos that made it this week.

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Cheap Trick Among Rock Hall Of Fame Nominees

Cheap Trick is among the big names nominated for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Other nominees include Janet Jackson, the Smiths, the Cars, Steve Miller, Chicago, Los Lobos, N.W.A., Chaka Khan, the J.B.‘s and the Spinners.
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The Smiths are among the big names nominated for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Other nominees include Janet Jackson, Cheap Trick, the Cars, Steve Miller, Chicago, Los Lobos, N.W.A., Chaka Khan, the J.B.‘s and the Spinners.
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Miranda Lambert Inducted In Music City Walk Of Fame

Country music sensation, Miranda Lambert, reached a milestone in her career as she was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. Alongside three other inductees such as Johnny Cash, she was recognized for her significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville. Lambert’s former tour buddy and fellow country star, Dierks Bentley, presented her with the tribute during the induction ceremony. Check out the video to see Miranda Lambert’s emotional response on the Music City Walk of Fame.
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Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame

Acts are eligible for the Rock Hall 25 years after the release of their first recording, album or single — 1990 or before for this year's nominees.
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Kool & the Gang awarded Walk of Fame star

Disco-funk pioneers Kool & the Gang receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Julie Noce reports.


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‘This Is Our Guy’: Musicians Rally For Harry Nilsson, An Icon Who Dodged Fame

Two decades after his death, Harry Nilsson has become a common cause for a group of artists hellbent on getting him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (They even wrote a song about it.)

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You Can Help Pick This Year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced this year’s nominees for induction into its ranks. The 15 nominees — including Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths and Chaka Khan — span many genres, styles and time periods, though to qualify, they have to have released their first album or single at least 25 years ago. 

Here’s the full list of nominees, in alphabetical order:

  • Chicago
  • Cheap Trick
  • Deep Purple
  • The Cars
  • Chaka Khan
  • Chic
  • The J.B.’s
  • Janet Jackson
  • Los Lobos
  • Steve Miller
  • N.W.A.
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Smiths
  • The Spinners
  • Yes

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — located in Cleveland, Ohio — doesn’t have a set number of slots open for induction each year, though a representative said that they usually aim to admit five performers, plus several more in other categories. 

The final list of inductees will be determined by votes from more than 800 musical artists, professionals and historians from around the world; each will be able to select up to five of the nominees. 

In addition, fans everywhere will be able to vote for inductees online — including right here:

The five artists that get the most votes from online fans will be added to a “fans ballot” that will be tallied along with the ballots from the Hall of Fame’s panel.

The names of the inductees will be revealed in December, and the actual induction will take place April 2016 in New York City. 

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British songstress Ellie Goulding thinks anyone who achieves fame will realise it’s “not as pretty as it looks”.
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Darren Sharper — Prison Inmate-to-Be Up for NFL Hall of Fame

Darren Sharper got some great news — considering he’s sitting in jail waiting to find out how long he’ll be in prison … he’s now officially a candidate for the NFL Hall of Fame. The former Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints safety got the nod in…

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G-Unit’s Kidd Kidd Releases New Mixtape “Fuk Da Fame”

After months of teasing the project with singles such as “Ejected” featuring Lil Wayne, G-Unit artist Kidd Kidd finally drops his new project “Fuk Da Fame”. The mixtape features include Kevin Gates, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent & more! Stream below!


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Boston Fame – “Tom Brady”

Boston Fame pays homage and respect to New England’s Hero and Living Legend Tom Brady with a tribute song titled “Tom Brady”. Produced by DJ Fanatic.


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EXCLUSIVE: M.O.P’s Lil Fame Shares His Thoughts On Keith Murray Vs Fredro Starr Battle

(AllHipHop News) Brooklyn’s own Lil Fame is the latest veteran emcee to weigh in on the upcoming Keith Murray versus Fredro Starr battle. One half of M.O.P. will be in the building for the MC WARS event in his hometown, and he’s looking to see a great match between what he calls two important, successful artists.

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“Don’t hit me with no Pacquiao-Mayweather sh*t. I want to see some sh*t go down,” says Fame. “Don’t waste my motherf*cking time. If y’all gonna do it, then do it, n*gga.”

The Keith Murray Vs Fredro Starr battle will take place at “Generation X” on Sunday, October 4 at New York City’s Milk River. Tickets for the event are available at mcwars.com. The showcase will also broadcast live on AllHipHop.com.

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Scandalous stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Some are calling for Bill Cosby’s star to be removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But in the 50-year history of the Walk of Fame, no celebrity has ever had their star removed — even those with a scandalous past.


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Mariah Carey may join ‘Empire,’ gets Walk of Fame star

Mariah Carey finally got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — and it was accompanied by some big news.


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Pop star Mariah Carey honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Mariah Carey’s twins steal the spotlight as the pop diva receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Helena Williams reports.


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Mariah Carey Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Mariah Carey tells Access how honored she is to have received the 2,556th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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Warchyld – “The Price of Fame”

Check out Philly native Warchyld’s mini-doc ‘Price Of Fame’, which is a true to life story about an artist whose life hung in limbo until he stepped in the booth. The “Price of Fame” is a joint project from the good folks at #PellePelle and #SMSAudio and is also executive produced by Bonsu Thompson. Video and stills courtesy of David Garcia from Between Pictures.

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Buyers at Moda and Fame Trade Shows Underline New Strategies

NEW YORK — In these uneven economic times, stores and vendors are trying to bend a little when it comes to prices. Attendees at the Moda and Fame trade shows at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here Monday said they are addressing increasingly price-conscious shoppers.
Donna Senk, who has owned Paparazzi, a Watertown, Conn., store for the past 19 years, said business is “a little better than last year,” due primarily to the fact that she and other Main Street retailers have banded together to attract shoppers and “upgrade the area.” Five block parties are now held annually. In addition, there has been a concerted effort to woo more seasoned retailers, she said. “There are real players on Main Street now,” she said.
In search of cocktail dresses, Senk said shoppers will no longer spend $ 300 to $ 400 as they once did. Black was among the labels she planned to check out. To accommodate price sensitivity, Senk said she was looking for items that retail from $ 100 to $ 250, with $ 150 and $ 175 being the right price for many recently. Minuet was a show favorite for her.
Senk was also looking for labels that sell exclusively to brick-and-mortar stores. “Competition with Web

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Luther Campbell Of 2 Live Crew On Fame, Obscenity And Community

Before joining the notoriously shocking rap crew, Campbell was a party-rocking DJ in Miami. Even then, he knew that being aggressively different could lead to success.

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Robert Broadbent, Force Behind Rock Hall of Fame, Dies at 94

Mr. Broadbent, a retail executive, joined a group that lobbied for making Cleveland the site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
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Carrie Underwood To Headline Hall Of Fame Benefit In New York

Carrie Underwood is set to headline the Hall of Fame Benefit in New York on Tuesday, October 6, at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. The proceeds from the fall fundraising event will go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Additional artist performing during the night include Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris.
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Lil Wayne — My 15 Minutes of Fame Will Cost Clubs a Fortune

Lil Wayne will perform at your club for $ 110,000 … for a 15 minute/5 song set. We got a hold of Weezy’s contract and rider for his upcoming club gigs. In addition to the loot, Wayne demands an artist section big enough for his 20-plus…

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Paul Rudd ponders how he will be remembered with Walk of Fame star

Paul Rudd receives the 2,554th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ahead of “Ant-Man” release. Rough cut – no reporter narration.


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Stephen Colbert inducts Toby Keith into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Stephen Colbert made a totally unexpected appearance at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York to induct country renegade Toby Keith, with a strong performance of Keith's "As I Once Was" and a hilarious speech where he recalled Keith once saying to him, "Hey man, you do a great job … whatever the f— it is you do."
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Songwriters Hall of Fame honors Lady Gaga

The pop star was celebrated alongside Cyndi Lauper, Van Morrison and others. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


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Linda Perry Reflects On Hall Of Fame Honor:’ This Isn’t The End’

Linda Perry talks about what it means to her to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.


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Stephen Colbert Inducts Toby Keith Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame: Read His Hilarious Speech

The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is a one-of-a-kind event, a sort of cross between the Grammys and a trade-awards show, where superstars…
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Guy Clark Hospitalized Before ACL Hall of Fame Induction

Nashville singer-songwriter Guy Clark came to Austin Thursday night to join the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame alongside his best friend…
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Cyndi Lauper, Willie Dixon, Linda Perry and Others Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

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‘Cheater’ Banner Flies Over Bobby Flay’s Walk Of Fame Ceremony

Bobby Flay made history as the first celebrity chef to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, but the event didn’t go as quite as planned.

The ceremony was literally overshadowed by a plane with a trailing banner that read “CHEATER.” As the plane flew overhead, Flay, 50, delivered his speech to a crowd that included his daughter, Sophie Flay, 19.

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It’s not clear who is responsible for the conspicuous message, or if Flay even noticed it while he spoke, but he is currently in the middle of an increasingly nasty divorce with actress Stephanie March. The couple had been married for nearly 10 years before they split in early April. Last week, In Touch reported that March is challenging a prenuptial agreement on the grounds that Flay had affairs with three women, including actress January Jones.

At this time, neither Flay nor Jones has commented on allegations, which took place in 2010 according to court documents filed by March.

UPDATE: Flay’s estranged wife denies being involved with the less-than-subtle banner.

“Stephanie is absolutely not behind [this],” her attorney, Deborah Lans, told Us Weekly in a statement.

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Iggy Azalea’s highly questionable win for the Billboard Music Awards’ Top Rap Artist has since been overshadowed by the notion that the leggy Australian may underwent plastic surgery in her face.

As the red carpet photos from last night’s shindig began to surface online, fans begin to notice that the “Pretty Girls” co-star was sporting a much more curved chin than her usual likeness and rumors of plastic surgery began to swirl when Perez Hilton posed the question for Twitter to take notice. Iggy further fueled the speculation in all-but-confirmation selfie on Instagram which she captioned, “Loving my new look.”

Even at 24-years-young, Iggy is no stranger to plastic surgery, despite the impression it may impose on her younger fans across the globe. In March 2015, she revealed to Vogue that she had her breasts enlarged and was at first reluctant to share the news, but now she seems plenty confident in her body’s augmentation.

Unfortunately, the peanut gallery didn’t share her enthusiasm for the “new look” and the conversation spilled into a meme freak show shortly after.

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Why Sofia Vergara Says She’d Be ‘OK’ With Losing Her Fame

Sofía Vergara is at the pinnacle of her career thanks to a handful of endorsement deals and her role as Gloria in ABC’s Emmy-winning series “Modern Family.” But the Colombian-born actress recently said she never expected to become an actress, much less famous.

Vergara, 42, is set to grace the cover of Cosmo for Latinas’ summer issue, out on newsstands May 19. In her interview with the magazine, the star spoke about why she wouldn’t mind losing her fame, and her experience as a Latina in Hollywood.

The “Modern Family” star has been TV’s highest-paid actress for three consecutive years. But her success, she says, is not something she ever expected or aimed for.

“Sometimes you want fame to go away a little bit, because you want to do normal things,” Vergara told Cosmo For Latinas. “I think I’m old enough that I’ve already enjoyed all of it, so if it goes away, I think I’m still going to be OK. It was never really what I was looking for — it wasn’t even being an actress or being famous — it was just supporting myself and making money and doing a business for myself.”

When asked about her thoughts on the lack of Latinos in Hollywood, the actress said the community should instead focus on the recent success of Golden Globe-winning “Jane The Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez and director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s big win at this year’s Academy Awards.

“There aren’t as many roles for Latinas as we would want there to be, but we shouldn’t be complaining because a Latin girl just won a Golden Globe, a Latin director just won an Oscar,” Vergara told the magazine. “We should be very happy that there are people out there who are doing things and being recognized.”

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times earlier this month, however, Vergara did note that she feels there aren’t enough Latinos behind the scenes writing in Hollywood.

And the actress isn’t wrong about the numbers. “The Latino Media Gap,” a report released last June by Columbia University, found that between 2010 and 2013, only 2 percent of TV writers with a “critical position” were Latino.

“The problem is there aren’t Latin people creating content,” Vergara told the newspaper. “Many of them are doing soap operas. It is a lack of Latin people writing. It’s not the fault I think of an American writer. Usually when you write, you write what you know about. I admire the people who write for Gloria in ‘Modern Family.’ They’re mostly men. Mostly they’ve had wives like Julie Bowen’s character, but they’ve never had a Latin woman.”

For more on Sofia Vergara’s interview, head to Cosmo For Latinas.

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The world has known Madonna as the Queen of Pop for decades, but few have the intimate understanding of the music icon that Debi Mazar does. The actress gave us a taste of what it’s like to be best friends with one of the most famous people on the planet during a Wednesday interview with HuffPost Live.

“We are old best friends in the sense that we’ve been very close for a very, very long time — like 30 years, before she even cut a record,” Mazar said. “I met her when she came to New York and we became dear friends, and then she was like, ‘I’m gonna do a video,’ and I was like, ‘I do makeup. I’ll do your makeup. Cool!’ And it was very much like that, and then she became a huge star.”

Mazar went on to appear in several of Madonna’s iconic music videos, including “Papa Don’t Preach,” “True Blue,” “Deeper and Deeper” and “Music.”

Dating back to their days on New York’s Lower East Side, Mazar has always known Madonna to be committed to health and personal fitness, she said.

“She’s a professional dancer, you have to remember. So she’s always danced. As long as I’ve known her, she’s always had the bar and the mirror, stretching, doing her thing,” Mazar said. “[She] always led a very clean life. Never smoked. You see these pictures of her posing [with cigarettes] — that’s just, you know, she likes to take a picture. But she’s very [into] clean living.”

Since Madonna’s meteoric rise to fame, it’s gotten harder and harder to find time for moments like the one in this photo Mazar recently posted on Instagram, from a birthday party that she and Madonna attended along with Sandra Bernhard and model Tony Ward:

“What’s unfortunate is that she’s so, so busy,” Mazar told host Marc Lamont Hill. “Even though she’s got the whole setup with the nannies and the driver and the cook, she has very little time to have a social life because she’s a workaholic. So we email. We email, and we manage to get our children together, but we often don’t have a chance to get together.”

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The singer’s press for “Rebel Heart” hasn’t been without adversity. Mazar cited the reaction to Madonna’s nasty fall at the Brit Awards and the BBC’s decision to ban her single “Living for Love” as examples of an ageist society. That’s something Mazar knows a little bit about, as her new TV Land comedy “Younger” explores the issue of aging.

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The Perks of Fame Revealed: A Second Piece of Costco Sample Sausage

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You’ve been to Costco, right? You’ve seen the people who set up a stand and give away samples of meatballs or fish sticks or crab dip, right? You know that the people giving out the samples will often say if you ask for a second sample: “I’m sorry, but it’s just one sample per customer,” right? Well, before I tell you about the magical time I got a second piece of Aidell’s sausage from the woman handing out the samples at Costco, I must tell you this first…

I’M FAMOUS: During the spring of 1999, more than 2 million people per night tuned in to watch me on TV. That is, assuming you understand the word “me” to mean… Craig Kilborn. You see, I was one of the original writers on the Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn… and was frequently featured on air, in one comedy bit or another. In retrospect, I use the term “comedy” loosely. Anyway, why was I featured? Was it because I had some particular comic gift? Or because I agreed to work for less than scale? Of course not. You see, there’s a rule in show business that a handsome, glib, 30-something, blond-haired white man can not occupy the TV screen ALONE for more than 12 consecutive minutes — it has something to do with a fear of aryans among the early Jews who invented show business. Seriously. Think about it. During Entertainment Tonight‘s salad years, do you ever recall seeing John Tesh alone on screen? Of course not. They only told you Mary Hart was there because she had great legs. Go back and watch 90210. There’s a reason you never saw Ian Ziering do Shakespeare’s “Alas, poor Yorick” monologue. And it wasn’t because he’s a crummy actor. Although, he is. Moving on. In my case, the only salve powerful enough to undermine Craig’s pristine looks and mid-western charm was the frequent, awkward appearances of his shlubby, red-haired, Jew-from-Long-Island writer.

HAVARTI VS. GOUDA: During my near two years at the Late Late Show, I appeared on TV two or three times a month, give or take. I was frequently featured in the show’s signature piece, The Five Questions. In case you don’t recall, the first guest on any episode was asked five questions in a quiz-like format at the end of their interview. Correct answers were indicated with a “bell” sound. Incorrect answers were indicated by a “buzzing” sound. Only here’s the thing, most of the questions were just the guest’s opinion. For example: Which cheese sounds funnier: Havarti or Gouda? Or, Which Disney character is more likely to be secretly gay: Goofy or Pluto? Anyway, I had been writing the bulk of these questions for months and when I got to “Gruyere”, I realized I was now out of funny sounding cheeses. Cheddar isn’t funny, right? Well, cheddar that was the only cheese I had left, so I suddenly needed a new type of question. Out of shear desperation, I submitted to Craig: “Would you give our writer, Jon Hotchkiss a hug?” I didn’t think Craig would go for it… but he did.

Over the course of several weeks, I got hugs from Cheech Marin, the supermodel Kathy Ireland, several other super models, and about a dozen “B-list” celebrities promoting their guest-starring role on that week’s NCIS. Given all the hooting and laughter as I nuzzled the lead guest, the audience seemed to like this bit. However, upon further reflection, it now dawns on me that the audience wasn’t laughing at the scripted delight I seemingly took from exaggerating an awkwardly long hug with a gorgeous famous stranger, but rather, the audience was laughing because the gorgeous famous celebrity was awkwardly forced to hug the shlubby writer, who in terms of looks, was clearly below their exalted station. Yes. Being on TV felt a bit like starring in a Disney movie. Unfortunately, it was Beauty And The Beast.

Anyway, not only did I get to hug supermodels, I was also featured in a bit at the top of the show with just Craig. Back in 1999, comedy improv had taken the world by storm thanks to the huge popularity of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. So, in an effort to capture and delight some of that comedy improv audience, I wrote a bit for Craig and I. Craig would sit at the desk. I would sit beside him. In my hands, I held a fish bowl. Inside the bowl were slips of paper. Craig would do some kind of set up where he’d say something like:

“Improv has become very popular. And I would like to show off some of my improv skills. Sitting beside me is one on my writers, Jon Hotchkiss. Now, Jon, you and I have never met, is that right?”

People would laugh. I would follow up with: “No Craig, that’s not right. I’m one of the writers. We see each other all the time.”

This got a bigger laugh. At least, that’s how I remember it. Craig would continue:

“Jon, you are holding a fish bowl. Inside the fishbowl are some suggestions for me to improvise. I have not seen these suggestions, is that correct?” On TV, I would say he hadn’t seen the suggestions — although, in reality, he had. But, more on that in a moment. Next, Craig would ask me to reach in the bowl and take out one of the slips of paper and read it. I would stick my hand in the bowl and vigorously mix the slips of paper — none of which really had anything written on them. I would pull out the first suggestion and remember the line I had rehearsed, “Things You Don’t Want To Hear Your Caterer Say At Your Daughter’s Wedding.” Craig would repeat the set-up and then as the lights dimmed, Craig would “go into a trance” — in order to think up a few things he wouldn’t want to hear a caterer say at his daughter’s wedding. When the lights came back up, Craig — miraculously, as if by magic — would rattle off a few jokes that he had improvised — “just thought up.” Right. That. Second. While he was in the trance.

“We’re out of KY Jelly,” is a joke I just thought up. You would not want to hear the cater at your daughter’s wedding say “KY Jelly.” Then, after I read the third suggestion Craig would again go into a trance… only this time, he would “REALLY” concentrate… he would scrunch his face, grimace like he was really thinking… then, abruptly break the trance, shout to the director to turn the lights on… He would fumpher and stammer a bit — clearly, something was wrong. In a stage whisper, he would indicate to me that he was having some trouble… I would then gesture with my eyes that he should look off to the right… When that didn’t get his attention, I “surreptitiously” gestured with my forefinger for him to look off stage… At that moment, the camera would cut from Craig — so the audience could see — to reveal a guy off screen holding a three foot tall cue card. On top of the cue card in five-inch high letters in black ink was written the same set up I had just read off the slip of paper. And underneath, in a bullet pointed list, were two or three jokes for Craig to tell — as if he had just thought them up. Next to the cue card guy were two more cards, which had the jokes from the first two set-ups. The audience laughed at our “cleverness” and the TV academy gave us both Emmy awards. At least, that’s the story I tell my kids.

A SECOND PIECE OF SAUSAGE: OK. So. On the day I head to the local Costco I had been featured on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn perhaps 12 or 15 times already. As I’m shopping, I see about six people behind a couple of tables. On the tables are about 12 crock-pots. Inside each crock-pot is a silver-dollar-sized slice of Aidell’s sausage. Each crock-pot has in front of it a sign indicating which sausage sample you’ll be given on the end of a toothpick. When it’s my turn, I walk up to a girl whose likely in her mid-20s. I ask to sample the apple sausage. She opens the crock-pot, stabs a piece with the end of a toothpick and hands it to me. I eat it. Then, I say to the same girl, “Can I also try the spicy one?” She looks at me and gently says: “I’m sorry, it’s just one sample per customer.” I shake my head with disappointment and as I turn to walk away, she says: “Hold it. Have I seen you on TV?” I turn back and sheepishly admit that it’s possible, depending on what she’s watching. She says: “You’re on the Craig Kilborn Show. You do that improv bit with Craig, right?” Her recognizing me pleases me to no end. Why? Not because she thinks I’m “famous,” but rather because I was under the assumption that Craig’s only viewers were prison inmates. With our bond now established, she gestures for me to lean in and then whispers “OK. You can have a second piece of sausage.”

TA-DAH!

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A second piece of sausage.

BREAST IMPLANTS: After thanking her several times for her generosity and for watching the show, I continued on my shopping way, where I’m suddenly confronted with a realization that had previously been somewhat ephemeral. Although at that point in my show business career, I had worked on many shows, been around many celebrities, I don’t think I was so keenly aware of the charmed and uniquely frictionless life lead by famous people. Who would have guessed that the definition of “famous” was so malleable that it could be stretched to include: “appeared 12 to 15 times in bits on a late night talk show.” We all know that famous people don’t have to wait on line at crowded restaurants… they fly first class on the airplane… and they get out of speeding tickets — assuming they show the cops their breast implants. And not just actresses. Tom Arnold and Wilfred Brimley, too. But, even better than all of those perks, even if Aidell the Sausage King’s sample policy is just one per customer, when you’re famous, you can get a second piece of sausage.

Jon Hotchkiss is the creator of the new series, This vs That, a show featuring leading scientists that reveals the answers to questions like: “What’s the fastest way to load 100 passengers onto a 757?” You’re invited to see the series premiere, FREE by clicking here.
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“I scored a solo recording contract with Columbia Records, and I argued to get to choose my recording ‘sidemen,’ which was a misnomer, in this case, if there ever was one,” said Bruce Springsteen inducting the E Street Band at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. “So, I chose my band and my great friends, and we finally landed on E Street — the rare, rock and roll hybrid of solo artistry and a true rock and roll band.” Through various incarnations, the “mighty men and women” of the E Street Band, as Springsteen calls them, have provided a unique and powerful sonic template for Springsteen’s music, combining British invasion guitar-driven rock, the joy of 1950s rock and roll and the drama and dynamics of soul music. They are showmen of the first order, and have more stamina than any rock band in the history of the music. And they had a lot of memories and kudos to the Boss to share while accepting their Hall of Fame awards.

David Sancious:
It’s incredibly impressive, and it is also a privilege to be associated with an artist whose body of work speaks rather so much not just to music and genres and stuff, but to what’s essential in life. What life itself is about and that’s why people love you so much Brucey. It’s true. So, you know, again all that sharing from my parents and all my friends, it has allowed me to have this wonderful life I have. I get to play with some of the best musicians on this planet, and it’s beyond any dream I had as a kid. The reality of my life now far surpasses anything I imagined younger.

Vini Lopez:
All I can say is whoa-ho ho, man! This is incredible! I wanna say my first thank you to Bruce. That’s the dude that wrote all the songs and made us all look good. Love you Bruce. But I don’t get to stand on this stage here without going through the years with all the fellow musicians that I’ve worked with over that last 50 years.

Jason Federici accepting for Danny Federici:
If my father was here tonight he would thank his parents, Gene and Dan Federici. He would thank his family and Mya. And then he would thank Bruce for giving him chills on the back of his neck the first time he heart him play at the “Up Stage.” Then he would thank his brother and sisters in the E Street Band for creating some of the best songs and best music that rock and roll has ever heard.

Nils Lofgren:
Without my entire family and musical heroes blazing the trail I would not be here tonight. Thank you lord for this sacred weapon of music in my life. Now I’ve been in the band for 30 years so I’m the new guy. Words can’t describe how incredible it is to play inside the bands energy and feel. Last tour we played over 220 different songs with wild ass-on-fire improv every night, where nothing was off limits except maybe wearing white. And to the spectacular fans whose presence and passion for 45 years are the glue and inspiration for me always, bless you. To finish, a big thanks to a big man, Clarence Clemons. I know you’re here tonight C. For 30 years of deep friendship on and off stage. For those countless magical moments reveling in this musical family we’ve all been so blessed to create, share and inhabit all these cherished decades as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. With my whole heart, God bless and thank you all.

Victoria Clemons accepting for Clarence Clemons:
I really wish Clarence was here tonight to receive this award. It would have meant so much to him but, I am sure he is here tonight with us smiling down on all of us. Music was everything to Clarence since he was a child. He was known as “The Big Man” for many reasons but especially — (audience claps and laughs) you guys are so bad — for the big sound of that saxophone. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thank you so much for recognizing Clarence and the band. Bruce, you made it all possible. Big Man would have blamed you for this. Clarence loved his fans and his friends and his E Street family but, most importantly Clarence loved his family, his sons. I’m so happy here tonight. Clarence truly was music. Thank you.

Patti Scialfa:
I was the person who was like, “Wait a second, do I wanna date The Beatles or do I wanna be in The Beatles?” Well I guess I’m a lucky girl. I got to play in one of the world’s greatest rock and roll bands, and you kinda know the rest. I’d like to thank Max, Garry, Steven, Roy, Mills, Clarence, Danny. I miss you. Whenever we step on that stage magic happens and it’s always an honor and inspiration to play with you. My three beautiful children are here tonight that I love. Evan, Jess, Sam, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for being there for me and making it work. I love you. And Bruce, I love you, too. Thanks for making the best of both worlds possible. Thank you and thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Garry Tallent:
The fact of the matter is E Street Band begins and ends with out fearless leader Bruce Springsteen. I have played in various bands with all the guys in the original lineup and none of us had the insight, the foresight, the drive that Bruce did. Over the years and through the various changes we never lost sight of the goal of being a tight band lucky enough to have great songs to play and have as much fun as possible doing it. I proud to stand here today with the greatest musicians and friends I could ever have imagined. Thank you to the E Street fans for making it fun night after night and to my family for keeping it real. Rock and roll lives. Thank you.

Roy Bittan:
Well I guess all those accordion lessons paid off. It’s been an absolutely incredible journey. Tonight is about us and I would just like to say in light of tonight’s award I’d like to say something about my brother and sisters on stage tonight and about musicians like us. When we are called into the studio we’re not handed a piece of paper with music to play. We are entrusted with the responsibility to use our musical instincts and our particular vision to create a record. You hope that it all works out cause sometimes you never know what’s really gonna happen. Thank you for acknowledging us tonight. It’s a fantastic honor.

Max Weinberg:
It is indeed an honor to be standing shoulder to shoulder tonight among these wonderful musicians. My brothers and sister of the E Street Band cause night after night on stage or in the studio, they are a deep and constant source of inspiration to me and I love them all very, very much … Finally, ladies and gentleman as he himself has intoned night after night on stage when introducing Clarence, last but absolutely not least, Bruce. What can I say that could give you all even a hint of what our 40 year relationship has meant to me? The opportunity to work for and uniquely in the E Street Band alongside Bruce is so special. Ladies and gentlemen, the lessons that I have learned from Bruce are not solely musical. They go way beyond music and have provided for me a prospective on life that has enriched me far beyond the rock and roll dreams I held on to as a child. So Bruce, thanks for picking me up out of that audition lineup back in 1974 and for having me along for the ride.

Steven Van Zandt:
For those of us whose religion is rock and roll, this is the one day a year we get to give thanks. Sometime in the next year or so me and my lifelong best friend Bruce Springsteen will be hitting 50 years of friendship. I am thankful for that. Next year my relationship with my second family the E Street Band members and extended family John, Barbara, George and the late Frank Barsalona will be hitting 40 years, and I am thankful for that. The fact that we are still getting better and more popular around the world is due directly to our relentless leader’s strive for greatness, his insistence on our constantly evolving musical excellence and is continuing to write songs at an unnecessary high level of quality that is both historically unprecedented and profoundly inspiring, and I am thankful for that. I met my wife Maureen the same year I joined the band and she’s still getting better. I am thankful for her. These are the relationships that define one’s life and now being part of an institution where most of my musical heroes will live forever makes me very proud of the life’s work we have chosen and we’ve been lucky enough to do it and because it’s work I love doing and continue to love doing. Thank you all.

This blog post is part of a series produced by Huffington Post and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrating the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the new Inductee exhibit opening at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 31, 2014. Tune in to HBO on Saturday, May 31, 2014 to watch the 2014 Induction Ceremony.


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KISS Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Video)

Few bands short of the Beatles inspired more kids to play the guitar and drums than KISS. The entire notion of rock stardom owes an enormous debt to the group’s signature makeup, explosive stage shows and anthems including “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Detroit Rock City.” “They are four of the most recognizable faces on the planet and one of the most iconic and badass bands of all time — tonight is the night that KISS enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” proclaimed Tom Morello, inducting KISS to some of the loudest crowd cheers of the induction ceremony. Morello cited three important considerations for induction: “Impact, influence and awesomeness.” In their decades of rock and roll bombast, KISS checked all those boxes, and the sparks continued when the original members of the band took the stage to accept their Hall of Fame awards.

Gene Simmons:

We are humbled that the fans gave us the chance to do what we love doing. And so I’m here just to say a few kind words about the four knuckleheads who, 40 years ago, got together and decided to put together the band that you see on stage — critics be damned.

To Ace Frehley: his iconic guitar playing has been imitated, but never duplicated, by generations of guitar players around the world. To Peter Criss, whose drumming and singing … Well, there’s not a guy out there who beats the sticks who sounds just like Peter. Nobody’s got that swing and that style.

Something happened 40 years ago: I met the partner and the brother I never knew I had: Paul Stanley. You couldn’t ask for someone more awesome to be on the same team. I am humbled.

I was going to say a few kind words about Eric Carr, Rest in Peace. Mark St. John, Rest in Peace. Vinnie Vincent, the great Bruce Kulick, and of course, here we are 40 years later with the great Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, and we continue on.

However, we wouldn’t be here today without the initial Fantastic Four. God bless you all.

Peter Criss:

I’d like to thank the Hall of Fame for this honor: I never thought this could happen in my life. Thank you. I’d like to thank everybody that had to do something with my career and the band’s career. For 50 years, I’ve been doing it; 40 years, we’ve been doing it.

I got my first lesson from my best friend, Jerry Nolan of the New York Dolls. And boy, that’s what started it all off.

I want to say that, even out of makeup, I’ll always be the Catman. God bless each and every one of you — I will remember this the rest of my life. Thank you so much.

Ace Frehley:

When I was 13 years old, I picked up my first guitar, and I always sensed that I was going to be in for something big. Little did I know, a few years later, there it was. I experienced the Summer of Love. That was before I met these clowns. Several years later, we got together — you know the story, it’s all KISS-tory. If I named everyone who helped us through our career, I’d be here for another half an hour. It’s great to be here. Life’s been good to me. Hopefully, I’ve got 10 or 20 more years to go. Thank you very much.

Paul Stanley:

For us, this is a special night, but it’s really a special night for all of our fans — this is vindication. We couldn’t have done this without you.

To Peter, Ace, Gene — we are the original four, so we could not have done this if we didn’t start this together. Everything we’ve done is built on the past. We’ve got a great, great legacy.

When I first started listening to music, I was lucky: I saw a lot of people I loved. When I was a kid, I saw Solomon Burke, I saw Otis Redding, I got to see the Yardbirds. I got to see Led Zeppelin; Jimi Hendrix; Sly and the Family Stone; the list goes on and on. What I loved about all these musicians is that they had the spirit of Rock and Roll. I believe that the spirit of Rock and Roll means you follow your own path regardless of critics, and regardless of your peers. I think we’ve done that for 40 years.

So, I look out here and I see all these people. I see faces that over the years inspired me. People who made me what I am. So I am here tonight because of the people who inspired me, but I’m also here because of the people I inspired. So God bless you all. It’s been a wonderful night.

This blog post is part of a series produced by Huffington Post and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrating the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the new Inductee exhibit opening at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 31, 2014. Tune in to HBO on Saturday, May 31, 2014 to watch the 2014 Induction Ceremony.


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