Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Returns With Live Performances After COVID-19

By Victoria Weaver

An induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been a celebration of an artist’s influence, skill, and dedication since 1986. On Oct. 20, the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony brought back the event with a bang after the last ceremony was held during the height of the pandemic.

13 new artists were added to the legendary roster. Not just for the fans of old school classic rock, some more familiar names can be seen in this line-up, including JAY-Z, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, and Foo Fighters. 

This year’s induction class is the most diverse class in the history of the organization according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website. Artists from all different backgrounds and genres were celebrated.

Gina Dattilo, a senior history major at The University of Tampa, was excited about the induction of one artist in particular: Tina Turner. 

“I’m surprised she hasn’t been inducted on her own before now,” said Dattilo. “She’s been through and accomplished so much, she’s definitely one of the best.”

Turner was previously inducted for her work with Ike Turner in 1991, but this year’s solo induction proves her talent and influence as an individual. She and Carole King will be the second and third women to ever be a double-inductee in the Hall of Fame, following Stevie Nicks.

In order for an individual or group of artists to receive an induction they have to meet certain criteria. Artists had to have released their first record at least 25 years before being inducted and have to have some form of originality, influence, and impact on the way music, specifically Rock and Roll, is made.

This year’s event was held at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, a venue in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland also happens to be the home of the actual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum, making the concert a homecoming event for music fans.

The ceremony brought guests like Paul McCartney, Dr. Dre, and Taylor Swift for performances and introductions. Inductees themselves had the option to show the crowd why they made it into the Hall of Fame, with performances from the Go-Go’s, LL Cool J, and Carole King themselves. Some of the performances were tributes to the inducted instead like Mickey Guyton performing for Turner’s induction.

Hosting this event live, jam-packed with performances and surprise guests was the ceremony rebounding from last year’s streamed induction that held no performances, according to an article by Rolling Stone Magazine. The event held 13 performances for the 13 inductees which was practically twice as many artists seen in years past.

Although some appearances were still digital or pre-recorded, the ability to buy a ticket and attend the event in-person was still considered an accomplishment. 

“Safety is always important,” says Dattilo, “But there are ways to stay safe and still have fun, they just have to be smart about it.”

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