Taylor Swift inducts Carole King, “Greatest Songwriter of All Time”, into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Taylor Swift kicked off the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony by featuring “The Greatest Songwriter of All Time,” Carole King.

Before her speech, Swift took the stage to cover “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”

In her introductory speech, Swift recalled “being raised by two of her biggest fans, who taught me the basic truths of life as they saw it: that you should treat people the way you want to be. treated, that you have to believe that you can achieve anything you want in life, and that Carole King is the greatest songwriter of all time.

“Her songs are about the true and honest feelings that everyone has felt, are currently feeling, or are hoping to someday experience,” Swift continued. “So it is fitting that they are passed on as precious heirlooms from parents to children, from older siblings to younger ones, from lovers to each other. These songs come from somewhere else, from a loved one, from a friend or from the radio. And then, suddenly, they are partly yours.

King is entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time, having already been inducted in 1990 as a non-performer with her former husband and writing partner, Gerry Goffin. This time around, King is recognized for his talent as an accomplished performer.

In his own speech, King said, “I get told… you know, I keep hearing it, so I guess I’m going to have to try to come to terms with it, that singers and songwriters today stand on my shoulders. Let’s not forget that they also stand on the shoulders of the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. May she rest in power, Miss Aretha Franklin!

The 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. A pre-recorded TV show will air later this year on HBO and HBO Max.

Read a transcript of Swift’s full speech below.

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know Carole King’s music. I was raised by two of his biggest fans, who taught me the basic truths of life as they saw it: that you have to treat people the way you want to be treated, that you have to believe that you can. achieve whatever you want in life, and that Carole King is the greatest songwriter of all time.

There have been times when a fan’s dedication to the artist he loves can complicate matters in his personal life. For example. My dad once told me a story when he was in college and a girl he was just starting out with asked him if there were any songs that made him think of her. He immediately responded with his absolute favorite song, which was “It’s Too Late” by Carole King – ignoring the fact that the lyrics include lines like “Something inside is dead and I just can’t get over it. hide and I just can’t pretend. ‘ Surprisingly, the relationship didn’t work out, but if it did, I wouldn’t be here tonight.

I grew up dancing in the living room with my feet shod to the sound of Carole’s soulful voice, her melodies and contagious lyrics that I, a seven year old, thought were designed for my exact life experience and specific. I’m listening to Carole’s music now and I feel that same tingle of recognition. His songs are about the true and honest feelings that everyone has felt, are currently feeling, or hope to someday experience. So it is only right that they be passed on as precious heirlooms from parents to children, from older siblings to younger ones, from lovers to each other. These songs come from somewhere else, from a loved one, from a friend or from the radio. And then, suddenly, they are partly yours.

The purity of the music she creates exists between two worlds: mysterious magical inspiration and decades of hard-earned, hard-learned craftsmanship. Just because Carole King makes what she accomplished effortlessly doesn’t mean it has. She started writing songs as a songwriter in the legendary Brill Building when she was a teenager and a young mother. She’s written hits for other artists and if I try to list them all, I’ll be there all night. But the lyrics and melodies Carole wrote were sung by legends like Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, The Monkees, Mariah Carey, James Taylor and The Beatles – two of whom we are lucky to have in this room tonight.

Later in her songwriter career, Carole had to be persuaded to introduce herself and perform her songs herself. And what a moment in the history of music it was. With Tapestry, she became one of the most successful female artists of all time. Her character on Tapestry feels like she is listening to a close friend share the truths of her life intimately so that you can discover the truths of yours. It sounds like wise wisdom, sweet comfort, and the assurance that you are not alone in this life. It was a watershed moment for humans around the world who have feelings and for cats who dreamed of one day finding themselves on iconic album covers.

Carole has taught artists like me that telling her own story is worth the work and struggle it takes to earn the opportunity to have her story heard. This musical connection can span several generations. She created the purest works of love, strength and catharsis while navigating the politics of an era that left no room for the idea of ​​a female genius. Slowly but surely Carole King worked and worked until she created one. And it will be hers forever.

She is an immensely generous artist in every sense of the word. She has given us so much. And that’s why I’m so moved and honored to be here tonight to give something back to her. Carole, please accept your well-deserved place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Taylor Swift inducts Carole King, “Greatest Songwriter of All Time”, into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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