Event was slated for May 2nd in Cleveland
The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony has been indefinitely postponed due to health concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The 35th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, was set for May 2nd at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio. It was also to air live on HBO for the first time ever. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman shared the disappointing news via Rolling Stone.
“We are very disappointed to announce the postponement of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” Peresman tells the publication. “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.”
Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex are all scheduled to be inducted in the Performer category with Jon Landau and mega manager Irving Azoff inducted under the Non-Performer category.
No new date has been set as of this writing.
The virus has affected every industry in every country. Many acts, including Chris Stapleton, The Who, Pearl Jam, Dan + Shay, Sammy Hagar, Santana, Sons of Apollo, Zac Brown Band, Slipknot and others, have canceled or postponed spring shows due to the outbreak.
Major festivals and events have also been canceled including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to shutting down 11 days early because of public health concerns, SXSW in Austin and the Ultra Festival in Miami. Promoters Goldenvoice Entertainment announced earlier this week that Coachella and Stagecoach have been pushed back six months to October 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville has also been rescheduled “in light of the tornado this week as well as growing health concerns over the coronavirus.”
The ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards are still slated to be held in April, but organizers are monitoring the situation closely.
”The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions remain committed to serving fans and our Country Music community by producing the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards live from Las Vegas on April 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena,” they share. “We are closely monitoring the situation along with the MGM team, who are in continuous contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Southern Nevada Health District, and other agencies and experts for guidance. We will take every precaution to ensure the safety of our artists, staff, crew, guests and attendees.“
CMA Music Fest organizers are also closely monitoring the outbreak as they prep for the June event in Nashville.
“CMA is first and foremost committed to the health and safety of our fans, artists and community. We are continuously monitoring the very latest guidance from local, state and national authorities to carefully evaluate the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, we are regularly tracking travel advisories and restrictions, which currently do not include restrictions for any location in the United States,” the share on social media.
They continue,” As of today, CMA Fest will proceed as scheduled June 4-7 in Nashville. We are taking appropriate steps to ensure festival grounds will be safe and comfortable for all attendees, including enhanced sanitation protocols and hygiene standards.”
More details as they become available.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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