The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was supposed to induct the Class Of 2020 in a ceremony back in May, but that event was put on hold due to the pandemic. Today, the Cleveland institution has announced that the induction ceremony will be virtual and pre-taped this year. The ceremony will air on HBO and HBO Max on 11/7. Per a Q&A on the Rock Hall website, the special “will feature acceptance speeches, interviews with Inductees and artists by whom they’ve been influenced, archival content and more.”
So, generally, what’s usually included in the in-person ceremony, minus (presumably) any all-star jams and probably with minimal performances, though who knows what can happen with the magic of teleconference technology.
The 2020 inductee class is made up of Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, T. Rex, and the Doobie Brothers, as well as industry figures Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.
“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,” R&RHOF chairman John Sykes 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.”
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame also announced that, going forward, induction ceremonies will take place in the fall instead of the spring like they’ve been held in the past, which might change the timeline of when the nominees get announced.
For now, though, we’ll get a virtual 2020 induction ceremony on 11/7 at 8PM.