The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony honoring this year’s class of Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. T-Rex, Irving Azoff, and Jon Landau, has been canceled.
An announcement made by the organization on Wednesday reveals the 2020 event, which was initially postponed back on March 12th with the original onset of COVID-19 in North America, will no longer take place at all this year. In its place, the Hall of Fame museum will broadcast an exclusive special about this year’s honorees to air on HBO and HBO Max on November 8th.
A statement shared by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Wednesday reads,
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will replace the live 35th annual Induction Ceremony with an exclusive special honoring the class of 2020 Inductees. The program will air on HBO and HBO Max Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST.
Ticketmaster purchasers will automatically be issued a refund to their account.
The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will move to the fall with the 36th Induction Ceremony returning to Cleveland.
The special broadcast will feature the acceptance speeches from the class of 2020, along with interviews with inductees and artists by whom they’ve been influenced, archival content, and more. It’s also worth noting that the actual museum in Cleveland, OH is now open to the public following its spring closure. Advance tickets are required for entry and available to purchase online.
This year’s induction ceremony was initially planned to take place at the Public Hall in Cleveland on May 2nd. The Rock Hall began sharing archive video footage of induction ceremonies from years past to its YouTube page throughout the spring months to make up for lack of any concerts.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the live 2020 HOF Induction Ceremony concert on 11/7 is cancelled. In place of the live event, we’ll broadcast an exclusive special about the #RockHall2020 Inductees on @HBO & HBO Max November 7, 2020 at 8pm. More details: https://t.co/BEun54az4b pic.twitter.com/6qGPq3g9rw
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) July 8, 2020