The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will honor Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, T. Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees John Landau and Irving Azoff very differently this year.
The annual live ceremony that was originally scheduled to be held at Cleveland's Public Hall on May 2 was canceled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "To protect the health and safety of our Inductees, their families, crews and our attendees, we’ve made the decision that the scheduled live event is not possible," John Sykes, chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said in a statement. "Together with HBO and executive producer Joel Gallen, we will still create an exciting program honoring our 2020 inductees, by telling the stories of their incredible contributions to music and impact on a generation of artists that followed them."
Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, recently told Billboard how the honorees' stories will find different and more in-depth formatting, with 10-minute highlight packages as opposed to the two or three minutes usually given per person. "Part of our mission as an institution is to really teach people why these artists are important and why they got inducted," he said.