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Nirvana Members Rock ‘Lithium’ in Preview of HBO Rock Hall Induction Special

If you weren’t in New York catching the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn or in Cleveland watching the simulcast, you probably haven’t seen pro-shot footage of the event. But, as with past years, the Rock Hall has teamed with HBO to create a highlights special. In advance of this year’s airing, HBO has released a preview clip featuring the surviving members of Nirvana rocking ‘Lithium’ with St. Vincent‘s Annie Clark.

Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear took the stage for the first time since Kurt Cobain‘s death to play Nirvana material and they recruited a variety of female vocalists to front the band during their performance. St. Vincent took on ‘Lithium,’ while Joan Jett played ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ Sonic Youth‘s Kim Gordon took on ‘Aneurysm’ and Lorde finished out the set taking the lead on ‘All Apologies.’

The Nirvana induction also included “the hug felt ’round the world” when Cobain’s widow Courtney Love and her longtime nemesis Dave Grohl embraced in a touching moment onstage.

But that was just one highlight in a night full of special moments. KISS‘ past and present members, who had been warring publicly leading up to the ceremony, rose above it all and delivered respectful speeches, only offering a few digs at the Rock Hall organization who had long denied their induction.

Bruce Springsteen‘s band members received their due during a lengthy salute. Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Peter Gabriel also took their rightful places in the Rock Hall.

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction special airs 8PM ET on HBO this Saturday (May 31).

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