Held on April 14th in Cleveland, the Class of 2018 is made up of The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Bon Jovi. Clocking in at four-and-a-half hours, the ceremony has been edited down to a digestible two-hours-and-53-minutes for the telecast.
The entire Bon Jovi segment alone was more than an hour, so that's been cut way down with Jon's 20-minute speech thankfully trimmed to less than 10 minutes. Also cut was a song each from the Moodies, Cars and Bon Jovi.
If you were at the ceremony and think that the broadcast will follow the same order as that night, think again. Bon Jovi, who opened the show, now closes it, while The Cars open the proceedings.
For those of you who have been living under a rock the past month, there is no performance from Dire Straits. Nina Simone was represented in performance by Andra Day and Lauryn Hill, while Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes paid tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The Killers performed “American Girl” in tribute to Tom Petty, and Ann Wilson and Jerry Cantrell honored Chris Cornell with "Black Hole Sun." And lastly, unlike every other ceremony, there was no end of the night jam session.
Spoiler alert: If you want to know what songs you'll see performed, here they are, in order:
- The Killers: "American Girl"
- The Cars: "Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “You Might Think”
- Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Brittany Howard performs “That’s All”
- Nina Simone: Andra Day performs “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” and “I Put a Spell on You. Lauryn Hill does “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” “I Ain’t Got No, I Got Life” and “Feeling Good.”
- Ann Wilson: "Black Hole Sun"
- The Moody Blues: “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band),” “Nights in White Satin” and “Ride My See-Saw”
- Bon Jovi: “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “When We Were Us” and “Living on a Prayer”
Source: BroadwayWorld.com and Premiere photo credit - getty images