It’s Rock Hall Induction Night! Here’s everything you can expect


(WJW) — The musicians and celebrities are here, the red carpet is rolled out, and Cleveland is ready for a party during the 36th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday.

After last year’s enshrinement ceremony had to be entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s back on stage, this time at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

This is the first time the event has been held at Cleveland’s largest venue (capacity 20,000) following previous ceremonies at Public Hall Auditorium.

There remain some tightly-guarded secrets about the ceremony, including whether inductee Tina Turner, who lives in Switzerland, will attend or if inductee Jay-Z will perform.

The show will be taped for broadcast on HBO and stream on HBO Max on Nov. 20.

Foo Fighters, who played a surprise gig at a small club in Cleveland on Thursday night, will be inducted by Paul McCartney. This will be the second enshrinement for Foo’s founder Dave Grohl, of Warren, who went in as Nirvana’s drummer in 2014.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the night:

2021 Class

This year’s 13 inductees are being called the most diverse and inclusive class in the history of the Rock Hall.

Ohio/Cleveland ties

Many musicians and celebrities attending have special ties to Ohio and the Cleveland area, as do stars that have been a part of rock and roll’s history.

Grohl, Foo Fighters frontman, is from the Warren area, where the city has a “Dave Grohl Alley” tribute to the rock legend. Grohl will become a two-time inductee after having previously been inducted with Nirvana in 2014.

— Tina Turner, who was previously inducted with Ike and Tina Turner in 1991, likely won’t be at the ceremony. But she wrote a letter arguing to bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland. The letter is in the Rock Hall’s archives.

While Michael Stanley isn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is one of Cleveland’s most beloved musicians. There are plans to acknowledge his passing at the ceremony. Stanley, whose career spanned five decades, passed away in March after a battle with lung cancer.


  • Angela Bassett inducting Tina Turner, with performances by Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., and Bryan Adams
  • Taylor Swift inducting Carole King, with performances by Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson
  • Drew Barrymore inducting The Go-Go’s
  • Paul McCartney inducting Foo Fighters
  • Lionel Richie inducting Clarence Avant for the Ahmet Ertegun Award

Other guests include:


— 5 p.m., Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Red Carpet Live Stream
— 6:30 p.m., doors open
— 8 p.m., ceremony begins
— The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO and stream on HBO Max in November

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