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St. Vincent backstage interview at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

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St. Vincent backstage interview at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions at the Barclays Center in New York City on April 10, 2014. St. Vincent performed in tribute to 2014 Inductee Nirvana with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, and talks about how Kurt Cobain and Nirvana influenced her singing and style as a performer.

"Nirvana was a band that was so incredibly pivotal to me. I was nine years old when Nevermind came out; it was my everything, and it was a sea change that swept the nation and swept the music industry. It's really bitter sweet to be honest with you. Obviously I didn't know Kurt [Cobain], but it's pretty emotional to be playing these songs. I don't think the band has played these songs in 20 years. So I feel honored to be asked and also I'm just pretty emotional to be honest. I always had an appreciation for Nirvana, you know, I wouldn't be playing music if it wasn’t for Nirvana. I just wouldn’t, that's just a fact. But to go in and really learn the songs and figure out, 'ok how do I do this justice,' because frankly I don't want to hear anyone else sing Nirvana but Kurt. But how can I pay homage to the legacy and to all the lives that those guys have changed. It was interesting, you know, I found myself playing guitar, and sounding a little like a Pollyanna, and being like, 'no, no, no, this has got to be like rougher; this has got to be more soulful and more off the cuff.' But the thing I think the testament is that the songs just stand up; they're great songs; they're phenomenal songs, and they stand the test of time. So, like I said, I'm very honored to be here."