Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Cancels 2020 Induction Ceremony, Makes Changes to Future Events

The 2021 induction ceremony will now take place in the fall

July 8, 2020
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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has cancelled its class of 2020 induction ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The induction ceremony was previously rescheduled to November 7 from its original date of May 2. Now, the event won't take place at all this year.

In lieu of the ceremony, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will present an exclusive special honoring the 2020 inductees. The special will air on HBO and HBO Max on Saturday, November 7 at 8 PM ET. The special will feature acceptance speeches, interviews with inductees and the artists who influenced them, archival content, and more.

The Rock Hall’s class of 2020 includes Nine Inch Nails, The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, Depeche Mode, the late Whitney Houston, and the late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. 

The Rock Hall also announced changes to future induction ceremonies. “Looking ahead, Induction will move to the fall starting in 2021 with the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony returning to Cleveland. The ceremony will be held in Cleveland every other year after that. Timing for the Fan Vote will adjust accordingly with the Nominating Committee,” a statement on their website read.

An exhibit honoring the class of 2020 inductees will be open to the public beginning on Friday, August 14.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rock Hall has opened up its vast archives and shared numerous performances from legendary artists. The material is now available on their YouTube channel and features performances stretching back over a decade.

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