Due to the pandemic the organizers of the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony had to find an alternative way of honoring. The producers designed short documentaries about the lives and music careers of inductees. However, new performances were missing during the ceremony. The films featured short moments of Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails performing for the large audiences, these moments symbolized what the Hall of Fame induction could potentially look like.
The pre-recorded show featured 80 seconds speeches, the speakers were mainly core members of the groups or relatives of the deceased inductees. In the beginning of the show Dave Grohl appeared to warn the audience that this ceremony would be very different from the traditional one.
Among the highlights of the ceremony was Iggy Pop who comments on astonishing funk influence he recognized in music of Nine Inch Nails, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top revealing that he is a big fan of Depeche Mode, and Judd Aptow who said that his favorite song is “Jesus Is Just Alright” by Doobie Brothers. Depeche Mode made their acceptance speech as a band, and their speech was the funniest moment in the ceremony.
There were also emotional moments such as the tributes to Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston. The ceremony featured short fragments of The Bodyguard movie with Houston and Biggie’s videos for “Hypnotize” and “Juicy”. There were offered testimonials by such performers as Alicia Keys, Puff Daddy, and Jay-Z speaking about their enormous influences.
The next Hall of Fame ceremony will take place in November 2021. There are high hopes that the ceremony will be conducted in the form of a public event. However, even if it does not happen there is a template already in place that can be recreated. However, we all hope that it won’t be necessary. As everyone could agree this year, there is no substitution for the live music.