Watch Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard Honor Sister Rosetta Tharpe at the Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

April 16, 2018

Matthew  Shelter

On Saturday night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored its newest inductees with a ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, and one of the highlights of the night was a stirring performance honoring Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s induction into the “Early Influences” category.

Alabama Shakes powerhouse frontwoman Brittany Howard led the rendition of Tharpe’s “That’s All,” backed by a band that featured The Roots’ Questlove and former
Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer. Howard announces that she’s “honored” to help induct Tharpe, an iconic voice of early rock-and-roll and electric guitar music—and an obvious influence on Howard and Alabama Shakes—who passed away in 1973. 

Rolling Stone notes, the song was preceded by a video clip showing Tharpe’s contributions to rock-and-roll and followed by another song from Howard, “Strange Things Happening Every Day.” 

“It is a huge honor to induct Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Howard told Rolling Stone. “She has been such an inspiration. I hope this spotlight helps people discover what so many of us already know. She is one of the greatest artists of all time.”

Watch below.

Also inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame on Saturday were Nina Simone, The Moody Blues, The Cars, Bon Jovi and Dire Straits.