Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde channelled the spirit of the late Kurt Cobain on Thursday (10Apr14) as they performed with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Michael Stipe from R.E.M. paid tribute to the grunge stars as drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic were joined on the podium at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York by Cobain's mother and sister and his widow, Courtney Love.
The Hole frontwoman proved that any bad blood between her and the existing Nirvana duo was in the past by calling Grohl and Novoselic her "family" and hugging them both, before saying, "I just wish that Kurt was here to hear this and feel this and be this.
"Twenty years ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame maybe wasn't (something he'd appreciate), but today he would have appreciated it. He would have appreciated Krist and Dave... his mother and his sister being here..." She went on to dedicate Cobain's posthumous honour to their daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, who missed the ceremony due to illness.
Grohl and Novoselic then welcomed their female collaborators to rock out with them, with Jett taking charge of vocals on Smells Like Teen Spirit, Gordon joining the pair for Aneurysm, and St. Vincent singing Lithium. Royals hitmaker Lorde helped the band close out the Nirvana reunion with All Apologies, which served as the explosive finale of the near six-hour induction ceremony.
Earlier in the night, Bruce Springsteen saluted his longtime backing musicians the E Street Band, and took the time to remember each and every person who had ever been a part of the group, including late saxophonist Clarence Clemons and his sidekick and "consigliere", guitarist Steven Van Zandt. Soul icons Hall & Oates were inducted by The Roots drummer Questlove, but the singers' performance had to be briefly halted midway through a rendition of their 1976 classic She's Gone after experiencing technical problems.
There was no drama from KISS, who were introduced by Tom Morello, as the original line-up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunited to join the Class of 2014, although they stuck to their vow not to perform after learning that Hall of Fame bosses would not be honouring current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Stevie Nicks joined forces to honour Linda Ronstadt, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was on hand to praise former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel as a solo artist. Art Garfunkel celebrated the career of Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and British producer Peter Asher helped to induct the Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles svengali Brian Epstein.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin reunited on Sunday (06Apr14) to attend Robert Downey, Jr.'s birthday party as a family, weeks after going public with their "conscious uncoupling". They were joined by son Moses, eight, and daughter Apple, nine, as they helped Paltrow's Iron Man co-star celebrate his 49th birthday at his Los Angeles home, and eyewitnesses insist the pair looked like any other married couple, despite recently announcing its split.
A source tells People.com, "They were lovey-dovey and playful. They were with the kids, they held hands and laughed and joked as a family.
"It was not the typical picture of a divorce. If the reports had not come out, you would think, 'Wow, they are a perfect couple.'
"Gwyneth was in such good spirits. She had her hair pulled back in a ponytail and she looked amazing."
Paltrow and Martin revealed they were ending their 10-year marriage late last month (Mar14), but insisted they would continue to co-parent and put their kids first.
The statement was published on the actress' Goop.com lifestyle website while the former couple was on vacation in the Bahamas with its children.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin has something to smile about following news of his marriage break-up - his band has tied U2 for the most number ones on America's Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart. New single Magic is the British group's 11th chart-topper and brings them level with U2, who edged ahead last month (Mar14) when their tune Invisible hit number one.
Both bands have extended their lead on the Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson, who each have nine number ones.
Coldplay first hit the top of the Adult Alternative Songs countdown with In My Place in 2002.
The news comes just two weeks after Martin and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow announced they had separated.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is mourning the loss of her paternal grandmother, who passed away last week (begs31Mar14). Dorothy W. Paltrow died on 31 March (14) in Florida, according to The Palm Beach Post.
She was the mother of late director Bruce Paltrow, who passed away in 2002.
The sad news comes less than two weeks after her famous granddaughter announced her split from husband Chris Martin in late March (14).
The actress is trying to stay positive amid all the bad news - she posted her first tweet since the break-up announcement on Sunday (06Apr14), and steered followers to an Instagram photo she took during a recent family vacation in the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas.
She captioned the shot of a perfect ocean blending with a cloudless sky, "No line on the horizon."
Paltrow and Martin jetted off to the Bahamas with their kids after announcing they had split on 25 March (14).
British rocker Chris Martin has denied a report suggesting he cheated on his wife Gwyneth Paltrow with a TV assistant. The Coldplay frontman split from the Oscar-winning actress last month (Mar14) after 10 years of marriage but apart from a statement announcing the split, neither star has spoken publicly about the break-up.
However, a spokesman for Martin has now addressed a U.S. media report which alleged the rocker had an affair, telling Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "This is completely untrue, we totally deny it."
Bosses at online dating site Match.com poked fun at Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's recent split on April Fools Day (01Apr14) by advertising a new album inspired by their break-up announcement. Visitors to the site's blog UpToDate found a post advertising a "limited edition digital vinyl" titled "Consciously Coupling" - a reference to Paltrow's "Conscious Uncoupling" separation announcement from last week (ends28Mar14).
The album artwork was a parody of the cover of Martin's 2011 Coldplay album Mylo Xyloto, and it featured fake tracks like Cruisin' For Kale and Magic Matcha.
The hoax quickly became clear to those fooled when they attempted to download the album and were greeted by the message "Happy April Fools' Day!"
Coldplay's Chris Martin, Stevie Nicks, country star Carrie Underwood and rocker Bruce Springsteen will be among the stars honouring this year's (14) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The Boss' sidekicks, The E Street Band, will be inducted at the ceremony in New York City later this month (Apr14), and Springsteen has agreed to do the honours himself, while he will also perform with his group during the show.
Nicks and Underwood will perform a tribute to Linda Ronstadt along with Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow, and Glenn Frey, who played in Ronstadt's backing group with his Eagles bandmate Don Henley, will induct the singer.
However, Ronstadt will be absent from the ceremony due to health issues.
Nirvana will be inducted by R.E.M. star Michael Stipe, Martin will honour Peter Gabriel and Tom Morello will look after KISS, while The Roots' Questlove will introduce Hall & Oates.
Gabriel and fellow inductee Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, will also be among performers during the show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on 10 April (14), but KISS have refused to take to the stage following a dispute with organisers.
Rocker Donovan Leitch is playing down a kiss he stole from his ex-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow at a baseball game last year (Sep13), insisting the smooch was innocent and is in no way connected to the actress' marriage split. Paltrow stunned fans last week (ends28Mar14) when she announced that she and husband Chris Martin would be "consciously uncoupling" via her Goop.com website.
Almost immediately, gossips and bloggers dug up a photo of Paltrow and Leitch kissing at a Los Angeles Dodgers game and suggested maybe that was partly to blame for the marriage split.
Now, Leitch has broken his silence, insisting it was just a goodbye peck.
He explains, "It was purely innocent. We were sitting in the owner's box in front of 30,000 people with her two children right next to us. That isn't exactly the setting for a secret liaison. I consider her one of my closest friends. We have tons of great friends in common."
Gwyneth Paltrow has broken her silence following her split from Chris Martin, telling fans she and the British rocker are stunned by the outpouring of support they have received. The Hollywood actress and the Coldplay frontman announced their split in a post on Paltrow's lifestyle website Goop.com on Tuesday (25Mar14), and on Friday (28Mar14) Paltrow took to the site again to thank well-wishers for their support.
Alongside a post about a chicken recipe, she writes, "P.S. CM (Chris Martin) and I in deep gratitude for the support of so many."
The couple revealed on Tuesday that they had decided to separate after years of working to save their marriage, but insisted they remain good friends and would be co-parenting their two children Apple, nine, and Moses, seven.
Paltrow and Martin married in 2003.
Chris Martin's father is adamant the Coldplay frontman is still "great mates" with his estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow following the breakdown of their marriage. The Hollywood couple announced the split in a statement posted on the actress's website on Tuesday (25Mar14), revealing they had decided to separate after years of working to save their relationship.
Speaking about the break-up for the first time, Martin's father Anthony, insists he was sad to see the couple part ways as they have two children together - Apple, nine, and Moses, seven - but is glad the split was amicable.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "(It was) sad and upsetting... (But they are) still great mates... If you are married you know you have good days and bad days. We all have our ups and downs. It's sad because there are our two grandchildren. But it is all very amicable between them."
Anthony adds of the couple's decision to use the phrase "conscious uncoupling" instead of "divorce" when announcing the news: "It's all in the statement - the expression that was used - conscious... I am proud of what they have achieved in their lives."
Martin and Paltrow married in 2003.