Hall said he was surprised to learn that his act was the only Philadelphia-bred band in the hall.
Ronstadt, the sexy siren of the Los Angeles country-rock scene of the 1970s, couldn't make it to her induction. Now retired, she suffers from Parkinson's disease and doesn't travel much. Glenn Frey, who played with fellow future Eagle Don Henley in Ronstadt's backup band, saluted her with an induction speech.
Ronstadt was saluted by some royalty of female country rock. Carrie Underwood sang "Different Drum," Ronstadt's first hit with the Stone Poneys. Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt joined for "Blue Bayou." Sheryl Crow and Frey made it a quintet to sing "You're No Good." Then Stevie Nicks came out to lead them in "It's So Easy" and "When Will I Be Loved."
Nicks said hearing "Different Drum" when she was in high school made her want to get into music. "I didn't look that good in cutoffs, but that's what I was going to do," she said.
Stevens, the 1970s era hitmaker who left his music career behind when he converted to Islam, seemed juice by the honor, calling it "unexpectedly, but strangely, outrageously rock 'n' roll."
"I'm certainly not the best of you," he said. "But looking around, I'm not the worst, either."
He performed "Father and Son," ''Wild World" and "Peace Train," joined by a robed choir in the final song.
Peter Gabriel wasn't around for his last induction in 2010, for his work as a member of Genesis. "It feels better when you're here," he said backstage.
Gabriel said aspiring musicians should surround themselves with brilliance and, noting his early failures as a drummer, shouldn't be afraid to try different things.
"Dream big, and let your imagination guide you, even if you end up dressing as a flower or a sexually transmitted disease," said Gabriel, known for his theatrical outfits during early Genesis days.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin credited Gabriel with creating a cathedral of sound and "he helped John Cusack get back his girlfriend in the movie 'Say Anything.'" That movie's climactic moment featured Gabriel's song "In Your Eyes," and Gabriel performed a soaring version to celebrate his induction.
The first two artist managers were inducted into the Hall: the late Brian Epstein, of the Beatles, and Andrew Loog Oldham, of the Rolling Stones.
Associated Press correspondent John Carucci contributed to this report.
David Bauder can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @dbauder. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/david-bauder