Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Will be Virtual

Whitney Houston in 2010. Photo by James Wardell/REX/Shutterstock (1175442q)

Many high-profile award ceremonies went virtual in the last few months, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will follow suit. The class of 2020 won’t celebrate their induction with a live show but instead will be honored with an HBO special instead.

The induction ceremony was previously moved from May 2nd to November 7th due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the organizers eventually decided to bring it back in a different form.

John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said that they decided to avoid scheduling a live ceremony this year in an attempt to protect the health and safety of everyone involved.

“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,” stated Sykes.

The list of this year’s inductees includes Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, T-Rex, and The Notorious B.I.G.