The choice to have the pop star deliver such high honors to the “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” singer and her band at the April 18 event has resulted in some head-scratching and outcry from rock purists. But Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris pointed out at a press conference that the two have history together, having performed some of Jett’s songs on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011.
“It was interesting to learn that they are mutual admirers,” Harris said, via Cleveland.com. “They’re great friends and admirers.”
The ceremony will be filmed by HBO and aired May 30.