Lil' Kim On Inducting Earth, Wind & Fire Into Rock Hall

The Fifteenth Annual Induction Ceremony for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was held in New York City on Monday night, honoring such music greats as Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, the Lovin' Spoonful, Billie Holiday, and Nat King Cole, among others.

Rapper Lil' Kim was on hand for the gala event, staged at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and inducted the soul and funk band Earth, Wind & Fire (see "Eric Clapton, Earth Wind & Fire, James Taylor Selected For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame"), a group originally founded in 1969 by drummer and vocalist Maurice White.

White recently revealed that he is suffering from Parkinson's disease, but still managed to perform alongside his bandmates on Monday in what Lil' Kim told MTV News was one of the best party bands of all time.

"The song titles alone bring a smile to your face," Lil' Kim said as she recounted several of Earth

Wind & Fire's biggest singles. "'Shining Star,' 'Sing A Song,' 'That's The Way Of The World,' 'September,' 'Boogie Wonderland.' And, of course, one of my favorites, 'Let's Groove' tonight. I mean, I may be young, but I groove to Earth Wind & Fire."

The visceral and lowdown grooves of the blues dominated the evening, as Melissa Etheridge inducted Bonnie Raitt and The Band's Robbie Robertson inducted former Yardbirds and Cream guitarist Eric Clapton for a third time, this time for his solo work.

"For me, it's about the music," Clapton said of becoming the Rock Hall's first triple-inductee. "I'm just the messenger. I carry the message and I hope to be able to do that as long as I live."

VH1 will carry highlights from the ceremony as part of its "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Class Of 2000" special, airing on Wednesday at 9 p.m. (ET)