Emerging as one of the top groups from the "hair band" era of the 1980s, the group led by singer Jon Bon Jovi, was enshrined Saturday before a sellout crowd familiar with all of its iconic anthems.
The band will be inducted by Howard Stern.
The Rock Hall induction was expected to include all the original members of the band, including guitarist Richie Sambora, bassist Alec John Such, keyboardist (and Tony Award victor David Bryan), and drummer Tico Torres.
Soul singer Nina Simone, who raised awareness with a dazzling voice during the civil rights movement, is rock and roll royalty.
Bon Jovi - who skipped the party but participated in Friday afternoon's unveiling of the 2018 inductees plaque and individual exhibits - and the late Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also be inducted on Saturday. Rock Hall board chairman Chris Connor also spoke about the renovations and thanked the NY board for its support. "We know that we could do "You Give Love a Bad Name, ' "Livin" on a Prayer" or 'Wanted Dead or Alive, ' but they're hardly representative of our career - that's just one album", he says of 1986's 12 times platinum release Slippery When Wet.
Frontman Mark Knopfler and his brother, rhythm guitarist David Knopfler, won't be attending. Mary J. Blige will induct Simone, while Andra Day will sing in her honor.
Rock Hall voters have recently opened their hearts to progressive rockers, which benefited "Nights in White Satin" singers The Moody Blues, the last act to be inducted Saturday.
Tharpe, who died in 1973, will be inducted with the "Award for Early Influence", while the other five acts will be inducted as performers.
The Cars, founded in Boston in 1976 and known for combining New Wave and classic rock sounds, were inducted this year after being nominated twice before. This year marked the band's third nomination; Flowers will induct the band. She will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of blues rock band Alabama Shakes. The ceremony will be filmed by HBO for broadcast premiering on May 5.