The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has recently announced the special guests for its 32nd annual induction ceremony, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 7. The list includes Neil Young, Jackson Browne, and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush. See below for the full list of special guests and hall of fame inductees:
Dhani Harrison inducting ELO
Pat Monahan inducting Journey
Pharrell Williams inducting Nile Rodgers
Snoop Dogg inducting Tupac Shakur
Neil Young inducting Pearl Jam
Jackson Browne inducting Joan Baez
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush inducting Yes
The ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, is already sold out, but will premiere exclusively on HBO on April 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. In addition to the special guests, the ceremony will include performances by Alicia Keys, Mary Chapin, Carpenter, Indigo Girls and others. A special tribute by Lenny Kravitz will also honor the late Prince.
Beginning on March 31, a special exhibit dedicated to this year’s inductees will open at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Some of the items featured in the exhibit will include Joan Baez’s contract with the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, a t-shirt worn by Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder, and Nile Rodgers’ Stuyvesant Guitar Man electric guitar.
The inductees are chosen by more than 900 voters, and are made eligible for inclusion after reaching the 25-year mark past the release of their first recording.
Last year’s induction welcomed N.W.A, Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller and Cheap Trick into the hall of fame, and included surprise performances by David Byrne and The Roots, and Sheryl Crow with Grace Potter. Presenters included Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Steven Van Zandt and Kendrick Lamar, amongst others.