Bon Jovi joins the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Dire Straits went into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame without its leader.

The Democratic governor hailed the band as "one of the most famous, enduring rock bands of all time". On Saturday, Bon Jovi gets inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame. 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". Fans also were able to vote on the Rock Hall's website. "We know that we could do "You Give Love a Bad Name, ' "Livin" on a Prayer" or 'Wanted Dead or Alive, ' but they're hardly representative of our career - that's just one album", he says of 1986's 12 times platinum release Slippery When Wet.

Emerging as one of the top groups from the "hair band" era of the 1980s, the group led by singer Jon Bon Jovi, was enshrined Saturday before a sellout crowd familiar with all of its iconic anthems.

The 33rd annual Rock Hall ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at age 66.

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.

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Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock Hall tonight along with The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard will pay homage to late gospel artist Tharpe, an early influence on the music that became rock 'n roll.

Frontman Mark Knopfler and his brother, rhythm guitarist David Knopfler, won't be attending. Hawkes added that Orr, a Cleveland native who died from cancer in 2000, "would've loved it".

"It's quite unusual to be here without him", Ocasek said.

Ocasek also earned applause when he namedropped Cleveland: "I lived in Cleveland for a while". An HBO special featuring highlights from the ceremony premieres May 5 at 8 p.m. ET. "It was actually the first place I played music in front of people".