The band will be inducted by Howard Stern. Jon Bon Jovi will be inducted alongside current bandmates David Bryan and Tico Torres, as well as former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such.
The jazzy and soulful Simone, who died in 2003, was a leader in pushing for civil rights and influenced the likes of Alicia Keys and Aretha Franklin. "It just didn't appeal to him, and I appealed to him on several occasions".
Simone was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night by R&B superstar Mary J. Blige, who described her as "bold, strong, feisty and fearless and so vulnerable and transparent at the same time".
Earlier today, the Rock Hall celebrated the opening of the new Hall of Fame gallery and Inductee exhibit area with a private dedication ceremony that featured 2018 inductees Moody Blues and Bon Jovi.
They may give love a bad name, but they are having a nice day.
Alan Clark of Dire Straits laughed in the bottom level food court as he spoke about how he claimed that he, bassist John Illsley and keyboardist Guy Fletcher would play an acoustic version of the epic "Telegraph Road" in the absence of frontman Mark Knopfler - and that it was taken seriously. Rock Hall board chairman Chris Connor also spoke about the renovations and thanked the NY board for its support.
Rock Hall voters have recently opened their hearts to progressive rockers, which benefited "Nights in White Satin" singers The Moody Blues, the last act to be inducted Saturday. She will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of blues rock band Alabama Shakes.
Flowers of the Killers, who has covered The Cars' songs at his live shows, was ecstatic and energetic as he inducted the band into the Rock Hall, even getting on his knee to hand the members their award as they walked onstage. Flowers recalled the first time he heard The Cars while growing up in a tiny, "no stoplight" town in Utah, saying "40 years later they still sound like a new band to me". The ceremony will air May 5 on HBO.