Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been postponed due to COVID-19

Inductees for this year include Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and the Doobie Brothers.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s (RRHOF) induction ceremony for this year has been postponed amid COVID-19 fears.

The event was slated to take place on 2 May at Cleveland’s Public Hall, but will now take place at a later date, yet to be determined. In a statement to Rolling Stone, RRHOF president Joel Peresman said: “We are very disappointed to announce the postponement of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.”

“Our first concern is to the health and safety of our attendees and artists and we are complying to the direction of the local and state authorities and common sense. We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience.”

The inductees for 2020 include Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, T-Rex, Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G.

The COVID-19 virus continues to rock the music industry. Festivals such as Coachella and SXSW have been either postponed or cancelled. Acts like Pearl Jam, Green Day, Slipknot, Santana and more have also made changes to their tour plans, or canceled it altogether. Musikmesse, the largest music industry trade fair in Europe, has been postponed indefinitely. “The health of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and employees has top priority for Messe Frankfurt. The new dates will be announced in the near future”, organisers said in a statement at the time.

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