The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will officially induct its Class of 2020 virtually this Saturday night after a long year of changes.The ceremony will air on HBO at 7pm (Central).
This year's class is a big one: The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award winners Irving Azoff and Jon Landau.
The class was announced on January 15th, and the ceremony was originally scheduled for May 2nd in Cleveland. But, was later called off and then rescheduled virtually for this weekend.
This year's ceremony is the shortest ever, clocking in at two hours and seven minutes. There will be no performances and the acceptance speeches are very short.
Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Hall of Fame Foundation, tells Vulture, "We looked at different ways to have live performances by the inductees or artists performing for the artists who are deceased. In the spring and summer, it really just became overwhelming to try to pull that off. There were so many events that were starting to happen with people doing performances on their iPhones and then they got a little bit more sophisticated. We thought that was kind of boring to try to go through the hoops of having artists performing with no audience, or doing it with just family or friends. It didn’t make any creative sense.”
[courtesy of Classic Hits Today]