Because of the threat of the COVID-19, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is replacing its 35th annual Induction Ceremony with an HBO special honoring the inductees. The special will air on November 7, 2020 at 8PM EST on HBO and HBO Max.
This year, the 35th Induction Ceremony was supposed to take place on May 2 in Cleveland and make history by being the first Induction broadcast live. To ensure the safety of their fans and inductees, however, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will instead create a special program to give the Inductees their earned respect. The show will tell “the stories of their incredible contributions to music and impact on a generation of artists that followed them,” says Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Chairman John Sykes. It will include archived content, acceptance speeches, interviews, and more. Next year, the 36th Induction Ceremony will be moved to the fall and return to Cleveland. After that, the Ceremony will take place every other year in Cleveland.
Even though they can’t have a proper Ceremony, the Rock & Roll Hall of fame is still giving fans ways to honor the Inductees. Their museum is back open and safely following all recommended guidelines from Ohio Governor DeWine, the CDC, public health officials, and infectious disease experts. Advance tickets must be purchased online and the museum requires temperature checks, masks, social distancing, limited capacity, and other safety precautions to ensure the health of their visitors. Early hours are available for at-risk guests, some essential workers, and Rock Hall members. The museum will open a 2020 Inductee Exhibit on August 14. If you can’t make it in person, you can still listen to the Inductees’ curated playlists on Spotify.
The exclusive Induction Ceremony will air on HBO and HBO Max on Saturday, November 7 at 8.