In addition, LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads will receive the award for musical excellence. Kraftwerk, Gil Scott Heron and Charley Patton will receive the Early Influence Award, and Sussex Records founder Clarence Avant will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The induction ceremony will take place at Cleveland, Ohio’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on October 30. It will air on HBO Max and air on HBO Max at a later date.
“This is our most diverse class in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame history,” says President John Sykes, who is also president of IHeartMedia’s Entertainment Businesses. “It really represents the hall’s ongoing commitment to honoring the artists who have created not only rock and roll but also the sound of youth culture.
Three of this year’s inductees – Dave Grohl, Tina Turner and Carole King – are entering the Hall of Fame for the second time. King was inducted along with her former songwriting partner Gerry Goffin in 1990 as a non-performer, Tina Turner entered in 1991 as one half of the duo Ike & Tina Turner, and Grohl was brought in as the drummer. of Nirvana in 2014.
“It’s very difficult to be inducted twice and we have three this year,” says Sykes. “It’s also a rare year where three of the six inductees are women: Tina, Carole and the Go-Go. It just shows the continued power, relevance and recognition of women in music.
Last year, the pandemic forced organizers to scramble and host a virtual event on HBO in November. For the first time in Hall of Fame history, mini-documentaries honoring inductees have replaced live performances. “It was very well received by viewers,” says Sykes. “I think you’ll see a big event live, and maybe a hybrid show on HBO that will combine live music and some of these documentary-style pieces that really tell the story of the inductees. “
We hope that the live event will feature performances from every inductee present, although Turner lives in Switzerland and has not performed since the end of her 2009 world tour. “We would be very proud and honored to receive her,” Sykes declares. “It just depends on how she feels and if she wants to fly to America. It would be a while if she could. I promise you that if she can’t make the trip, an incredible tribute will be paid to her by a group of artists.
There is an unusually high number of inductees this year outside of the performer category. Most ceremonies see two or three of these inductees, but there are seven this time around. “It’s because we really created, for the first time this year, special committees that nominate and induct artists,” says Sykes. “These are very diverse committees that actually include artists themselves like [Run-DMC’s] Darryl McDaniels, Little Steven and Tom Morello. (LL Cool J and Kraftwerk have both been nominated six times in the past. They failed to go through the regular process, and get the Musical Excellence and Early Influence Awards. allows them to tour the voters.)
Cleveland’s latest inductions were in the 10,000-seat Public Hall, but this year they are moving to the 20,000-seat Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. “We just needed more space,” said Sykes. “Tickets go so fast and we wanted as many people as possible in the Cleveland area to be able to see the show.”
If the current trajectory of the pandemic continues, arena concerts will only begin in America around the time of the ceremony. “I think we’re going to see this fall as the very beginning of the reopening of live music in America,” says Sykes, who adds that the event will be fully COVID-compliant. “An event like the Rock and Roll of Fame Induction Ceremony will be a precursor to what we all look forward to returning to in 2022.”