* Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place tomorrow
* Six new musicians added to the archive
* Honorees include Tupac, Journey and Pearl Jam
The 32nd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is happening tomorrow. This year’s sold-out event will take place in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center. The induction ceremony will be televised on HBO on April 20.
This year, five new artists will receive the honor of being added to the musical archive’s esteemed collection of legendary musicians and performers. The first to be inducted will be the cult 1980s pop-rock band, Journey. Journey is known for the top hit “Don’t Stop Believing.” Their hit song debuted back in 1981 but has retained its popularity in the commercial music genre, becoming a best seller on iTunes in 2009 thanks to a cover version by the cast of Glee. Journey continues to tour today, behind a legendary back catalog of hits.
Also being honored is late hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur, whose induction occurs nearly two decades after his untimely death. Tupac’s expansive career was marked by top hits including “California Love,” “Hail Mary,” and “Hit em’ Up,” that transcended the boundaries of hip-hop music and challenged conceptions of rap artists in the 90s. His lyrical prowess and rapping style continue to influence today’s generation of artists, both in hip-hop and music, in general.
American 90s rock band Pearl Jam will also be honored on Friday. The band formed in Seattle, WA at the height of the grunge rock movement, and Pearl Jam became known for their resistance to “selling out,” with their unwillingness to adhere to the expectations placed on mainstream musicians. Hit singles like “Even Flow,” and “Better Man,” have become iconic examples of the grunge rock era.
Folk-rock musician and social activist, Joan Baez, will also be added to the Hall of Fame. Baez is known as being a pioneer for generating a female presence in the male-dominated folk music scene. Her lyrics are often centered around social and environmental issues, with themes of protest and resistance — a characteristic that set her apart from other folk musicians and continues to resonate today.
Nile Rodgers is the next music figure to be added to the Hall. The music producer, guitarist and acclaimed song writer is the mastermind behind legendary funk-rock hits, like “We Are Family,” during his stint with the band Chic. In his later career, Rodgers went on to produce some of music’s most innovative and best-selling records of all time. He produced David Bowie’s “Let Dance” and Diana Ross’s top selling album, “Diana.” Rodgers will be honored with the Award for Music Excellence at the event.
Yes, the British progressive rock band founded in the late 1960s will be indicted on Friday as well. The experimental pop-rock group is known for their hits including “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” and “Roundabout.” Yes has also been associated with paving the way for the contemporary music genre, alt-rock.
Topping of the list of Rock and Roll hall of Fame newbies is yet another British rock band, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). The classic rock band has been characterized by music critics as “picking up where the Beatles left off,” and is known for their timeless classics including “Evil Woman,” and “Don’t Bring Me Down.”