Tom Petty Honored At Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

June 15, 2016
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Tom Petty, Lionel Richie, Elvis Costello and Chic's Nile Rodgers were among those honored during the Songwriters Hall of Fame 47th Annual Induction and Awards on June 9 in New York.

Byrds cofounder Roger McGuinn sang a slowed-down version of Tom Petty's "American Girl" before saying Petty "doesn't just write songs. He goes up and grabs them - he flies up to the great wide open and catches an idea and freefalls back to earth."

Petty delivered a brief acceptance speech saying, "I'm sorta the rock and roll white trash section of the show. Writing a song for a rock band - you'd better bring a really good song, because they don't take it well if it's not. Many times I've gone back to the drawing board."

Petty then closed by performing two new songs acoustically with his pre-Heartbreaks band Mudcrutch.

(Photo by USA Today)