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At the ceremony, late roots guitarist Link Wray was honoured with the Musical Influence Award. Page was there honouring the musician, and performed Wray’s classic song ‘Rumble’ in tribute.
A video celebrating the musician also included a tribute from Iggy Pop.
You can watch Page’s performance in full here:
Morello went on to give a politically motivated speech, after which he was seen backstage holding his trophy as well as a note that read, “Ceasefire” in seeming reference to the ongoing war in Israel and Palestine.
Ahead of the event, Bush had issued a statement on her website that she would not be attending the ceremony, adding: “I am completely blown away by this huge honour – an award that sits in the big beating heart of the American music industry,” she said. “Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. I never imagined I would be given this wonderful accolade.”
“I’m afraid I won’t be able to attend the ceremony tonight, but for me the real honour is knowing that you felt I deserved it,” Bush continued.
After a video package paying tribute to her career, including contributions from Elton John, David Gilmour, Peter Gabriel and St. Vincent herself, Big Boi gave a speech hailing Bush as a “true visionary”.
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