It was not your typical induction ceremony as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomed five new members at a New York ceremony.
The Sex Pistols turned down the honor in a profane letter.
It was read by Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner, who said the band could pick up its trophies at the rock hall in Cleveland.
The tribute to Black Sabbath included the comment that the honor should have come ten years ago.
Internal disputes spilled onto the stage during Blondie's induction.
Three members no longer in the group who are suing the band came onstage with the three members of Blondie who still perform, Deborah Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke but were barely acknowledged by their former chums.
The other inductees were Lynyrd Skynyrd, who pioneered Southern rock, and jazz musician Miles Davis, who mixed rock, soul and hip-hop.