Little Kids Rock hosted its sixth annual benefit at Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, which generated approximately $1.5 million in donations to help support students and music teachers in public schools with donated instruments, curricular resources and training. The benefit also honored Joan Jett as “Rocker of the Year” for the impact that her career, influence, and music has had on the charity’s ‘Modern Band’ music program, which helps facilitate the teaching of popular musical styles that kids know and love, like rock, hip hop, country, blues and funk.

Members of rock royalty paid homage to Joan Jett, including musical director Steven Van Zandt, Alice Cooper, Billie Joe Armstrong, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Kathleen Hanna with Ad-Rock, Mike Ness and Jesse Malin. The night ended, fittingly, with an epic finale of Joan’s classic “I Love Rock N Roll.”