Just four days after the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, Nirvana accepted their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

And with the absence of the famous frontman, original Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Kris Novoselic as well as added guitarist Pat Smear were joined by some serious female power in the form of Lorde, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon and Annie Clark for their performance at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Thursday night.

Jett started off by belting out "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Gordon covered "Aneurysm," followed by Clark who sang "Lithium" before Lorde finished off the set with "All Apologies."

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe gave the band's official induction. "This is about community," he said. "Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Keep in mind the times, this was the late 1980s. The idea of America—that hopeful idea—had been dismantled."

"Nirvana captured lightning in a bottle," he added. The band pushed "us forward towards our individual and collective potential."

Stipe, whom Cobain greatly admired, also complimented the late rocker for offering an "outsider voice for the f-gs, the fat, the fed-up and the bullied."

Nirvana's induction also included speeches from Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, as well as his widow, Courtney Love.


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"Tonight, he really would have appreciated," Love said, taking the stage alongside Dave Grohl, whom she has feuded with in the past, although the two appeared to but their differences aside for the night.

The female musicians stole the spotlight as they performed in Cobain's memory with Lorde even trading in her signature black attire for a bright pink pantsuit. While the singing sensation may have seemed like a surprising choice to perform, considering Nirvana disbanded two years before the 17-year-old beauty was born, Novoselic once covered "Royals" on an accordion, so it seems that the two have more in common than we first thought.

And she isn't the only young pop star who has covered Nirvana in the past. Miley Cyrus previously covered "Smells Like Teen Spirit" back in 2011.

What do you think of Lorde's performance? Tell us in the comments.

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