Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announce Virtual Ceremony Amid COVID-19

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© Provided by Entertainment Weekly Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will honor Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., The Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, and T-Rex via an HBO special instead of a live ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic.

*The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has cancelled the live induction ceremony in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“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,” John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement. “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.”

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Via MSN.com:

Honorees including Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, Notorious B.I.G., The Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, and T-Rex will instead be honored during an HBO special set to air on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Jon Landau and Irving Azoff will also be celebrated as winners of the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

The fall event replaces the 35th annual live induction that was originally set to air May 2 but was postponed over concerns stemming from the pandemic.

The ceremony was originally supposed to take place at Cleveland’s Public Hall on May 2nd. It was moved to November 7th because of the pandemic. 

This is the first time artists will be inducted into the Hall of Fame without a public ceremony.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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