By Jann S. Wenner

“This building reflects the debt we owe to the music, and it provides a setting appropriate to its historical, and social, and artistic importance. But why does the world watch what we do here today? Because music speaks all of the languages of the earth, and it sang out, calling out, around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?”

By Jann S. Wenner

“This music unites, inspires, uplifts. And whether it's for a kid listening to a radio in his upstairs bedroom or it’s in front of vast assemblies of people in giant stadiums, whether the song's about loneliness or love, or it's asking to give peace a chance, or if it's just about being on your own, with no direction home, this music has crossed all boundaries of race and religion, and politics, and nations, and even finally generations, and no one can stop it, no matter how hard they tried. The building we built shall remind us of that energy, and that power forever.”

By Ahmet Ertegun, Mick Jagger and Jann S. Wenner

“Jann almost single-handedly pioneered the idea of popular music and rock and roll in particular as a vibrant art form, not just a collection of flash in the pan mediocrities. This is a wonderful, heartfelt occasion, and I will treasure it, the memory of it. It gives me great pleasure to induct Jann Wenner into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

By Jann S. Wenner

“We come to celebrate, and to enjoy, and to honor that great gift that we all have in common, which is music. It’s music ­ it’s the opportunity to make it, the opportunity to be a part of creating it, to be a midwife to it, to promote and sell it, to report on it, critique it, to be near it, to hear it, to love it, and to live in times filled with music.”