The event, which was originally scheduled to take place on May 2 in Cleveland, is going completely virtual for this year's edition. Chairman John Sykes explained in a statement that Inductee safety played a role in the decision.
"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," he said. "Together with HBO and executive producer Joel Gallen, we will still create an exciting program honouring our 2020 inductees, by telling the stories of their incredible contributions to music and impact on a generation of artists that followed them."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has also announced plans to return to Cleveland in person for its 2021 induction ceremony.
As previously reported, the 2020 event was set to be broadcast on HBO, with Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T. Rex and the Doobie Brothers all to be inducted this year.
See the announcement below.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the live 2020 HOF Induction Ceremony concert on 11/7 is cancelled. In place of the live event, we'll broadcast an exclusive special about the #RockHall2020 Inductees on @HBO & HBO Max November 7, 2020 at 8pm. More details: https://t.co/BEun54az4b pic.twitter.com/6qGPq3g9rw— Rock Hall (@rockhall) July 8, 2020