Jon Bon Jovi filled in for Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Donovan performed two of his classics and Miguel, A Great Big World, Martina McBride and Candice Glover paid tribute to legendary songwriters while Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons stripped down his band’s biggest hit at last night’s Songwriters Hall of Fame awards in New York City.
Davies, one of this year’s inductees, had to cancel his appearance at the last minute due to the death of his sister, Joyce. A note posted to his official Facebook page read, “I am profoundly honoured to have been inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and disappointed not to have been at the event in New York but I felt it necessary to be near my family at this sad time of my sisters funeral. I wish to thank everyone at the Songwriters Hall of Fame who voted for me and give a special thanks to all the loyal Kinks fans who have stood by us all these years. I hope to repay such loyal support by trying my best to continue to write songs in the future that are worthy of such an accolade.”
In his place, Bon Jovi performed Kinks classics “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night,” according to USA Today.
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There were a number of other notable performances, including Glover’s version of “Midnight Train to Georgia,” paying tribute to inductee Jim Weatherly, who wrote the Gladys Knight & the Pips hit.