The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed the first round of presenters for this year’s induction ceremony. At the top of the list is Paul McCartney who will induct Foo Fighters, along with Taylor Swift who will introduce Carole King. Swift will also perform King’s music alongside Jennifer Hudson.
This year’s induction ceremony, set to take place on October 30th at Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland, will also see Angela Bassett induct Tina Turner. Bassett portrayed the iconic singer in the 1993 biopic, What’s Love Got To Do With It. Turner’s music will also be performed by Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., and Bryan Adams.
Drew Barrymore will induct The Go-Gos and Lionel Ritchie will present Sussex Records founder Clarence Avant with the Ahmet Ertegun Award. Also on tap for induction this year are Jay-Z, Todd Rundgren, Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, Gil Scott-Heron, LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads, though no information is available yet on who will induct/honor them. No word yet on whether Tina Turner or Todd Rundgren will attend the ceremony.
The ceremony will mark a reunion for McCartney and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who recorded the Grammy-winning single “Cut Me Some Slack” in 2012 along with former Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. Grohl and McCartney have also shared the stage numerous times, including several occasions with Novoselic and Smear.
King presented Swift with the American Music Awards honor of Artist of the Decade in 2019. Swift called King one of her greatest influences, saying, “I remember when I fell in love with music, it was right around the time that I realized an artist could transcend so many different phases and changes in people’s lives. You taught me that was a possibility.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be simulcast on SiriusXM and air on HBO at a later date.
[H/T Consequence of Sound]