Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Opts for HBO Special in Lieu of Live Ceremony

Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, and The Notorious B.I.G.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Cancel Delay Postpone Coronavirus
Nine Inch Nails (Lior Phillips), Depeche Mode (Philip Cosores), Whitney Houston (Getty)

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is scrapping its 2020 live induction ceremony in favor of a pre-recorded HBO special airing on Saturday, November 7th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

    This year’s inductees include Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and The Doobie Brothers. Additionally, music industry veterans Jon Landau and Irving Azoff have been honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

    The show will also feature a tribute to Eddie Van Halen featuring Slash, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, and Tom Morello.


    Due to concerns over the coronavirus, the live induction ceremony was previously postponed from May 2nd to November 7th. Now, organizers have decided to scrap the physical event outright.

    “To protect the health and safety of our Inductees, their families, crews and our attendees, we’ve made the decision that the scheduled live event is not possible,” said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “Together with HBO and executive producer Joel Gallen, we will still create an exciting program honoring our 2020 inductees, by telling the stories of their incredible contributions to music and impact on a generation of artists that followed them.”

    Rock Hall organizers have also announced that the 2021 induction ceremony will move to the fall and take place in Cleveland.


    During the pandemic, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fames has sought to keep music fans entertained by uploading hundreds of video clips from past induction ceremonies to YouTube. Meanwhile, after surprise releasing two new albums at the beginning of quarantine, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor has continued to keep busy by working on yet another project.

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