By Jasmine Washington
Twenty years after hip hop legend Tupac Shakur was tragically shot and killed, the rapper’s contributions to music was celebrated as he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday (April 7).
Pac’s induction began with a speech from his friend and former Death Row Records label mate Snoop Dogg, who accepted the award of the late rapper’s behalf.
R&B songstress Alicia Keys kicked off the musical portion of the tribute performing a medley of Tupac’s hits from “Ambitionz az a Rida” to “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” and “Dear Mama” on a piano. Next up, Snoop came back to the stage to perform his classic Pac collab “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” alongside fellow California native YG.
Naughty by Nature star Treach joined in on the festivities rapping Tupac’s “Hail Mary” while T.I. sported Pac inspired ensemble to close out the tribute with a powerful rendition of “Keep Ya Head Up.”
Only the sixth rapper in history to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tupac now joins the likes of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and N.W.A. who received the honor before him.
Tupac’s full length tribute is slated to hit the small screen when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame airs April 29, on HBO.
To celebrate Tupac’s anniversary, many VH1 stars gathered together to remember his legacy. Watch below.