On March 13, 2006, Lynyrd Skynyrd received one of the highest honors any rock band could dream of...they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame first announced the plans for Skynyrd's induction in November of the previous year, revealing that the inductees would include Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Ed King, Steve Gaines, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Bob Burns, and Artimus Pyle.
The new Skynyrd lineup, including lead singer Johnny Van Zant, was present at the ceremony, which took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. In celebration of their induction, the band played two of their most popular songs, "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama."
For their performance of "Sweet Home Alabama," Skynyrd was joined by the multi-talented Kid Rock, who also inducted the group into the Hall of Fame. He's since performed the song with the band many times, and even sampled it in his mega-hit single from 2008 called "All Summer Long."
As soon as the band started playing those signature first notes, the crowd went wild, and many people got up and danced around in their seats.
Johnny and Kid took turns singing the lead, though there were times when the two of them would start singing and rocking out together. Overall, the whole performance was one big celebration, and you could tell everyone in the room was having a blast jamming out to the signature Southern rock song.
Skynyrd's performance of "Sweet Home Alabama" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame proves exactly why they deserve a spot in it. You can tune in to the video below to see the performance.
Congrats to Skynyrd on celebrating 10 years in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
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