Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty This year's ceremony for the much-maligned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame happened in Cleveland this weekend. Inductees included Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and the "5" Royales, a North Carolina doo-wop band during the 1950s; mostly men, so more or less your usual fare. Anyway, the event will broadcast on HBO on May 30, but in the meantime, here's a quick snapshot of some of the things you missed. Patti Smith Remembering Her Dear Her Friend Lou Reed Back in 1996, when the Velvet Underground was originally inducted into the Hall of Fame, Patti Smith praised the band for connecting poetry, the avant-garde, and rock and roll. "They were black in a white world. White in a black world. They opened wounds." She returned to the stage once again for the posthumous induction of lead singer Lou Reed. "He was a humanist, heralding and raising the downtrodden. His subjects were his royalty that he crowned in lyrics without judgment or irony." Read the whole speech on Rolling Stone . Bill Withers Revealing His Favorite TV Show Judge Judy . (Side note: She… Read full this story
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