Taylor Swift, Dave Chappelle join Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductors

If you’re pondering why you’ll see Drew Barrymore enshrining legendary ’80s girl team the Go-Go’s into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 at the induction ceremony airing on HBO Saturday, properly, it is not because the actress and now discuss-clearly show host has unveiled 5 new-wave albums that you really don’t know about.

“Drew is a legitimate enthusiast — she’s a serious Go-Go’s kid,” drummer Gina Schock advised The Publish. “She’s been coming to Go-Go’s demonstrates due to the fact she was a very little child. I signify, I try to remember going for walks offstage and seeing her standing on the aspect of the phase with a massive smile — her and her mom. And even as an adult, she would be at our exhibits. After all these decades, she still feels strongly ample about the band to want to induct us.”

When you look at Rock Hall induction 2021 ceremony — which was taped a number of months in the past at Cleveland’s Rocket Home loan FieldHouse — some of the pairings look far more purely natural. Taylor Swift inducted a single of her feminine singer-songwriter heroes, Carole King, while Angela Bassett did the honors for Tina Turner, who the actress famously played in 1993’s “What’s Really like Obtained to Do with It.” But inductors needn’t be fellow musicians or artists who were plainly influenced by the honoree. They can also be famous good friends or fangirls.

The Go-Go's and Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore enshrines the Go-Go’s at the 2021 Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame ceremony, airing Saturday on HBO.
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“When you have Trent Reznor inducting the Treatment [in 2019], it’s good mainly because he could converse so deeply about how a lot the Treatment affected him,” explained RRHOF president Joel Peresman. “You search for some of those people connections. But a ton of times you look for somebody which is in well-liked culture that can type of communicate about why this artist is significant and why they are a fan. You want to often bring a small distinctive point of view as opposed to necessarily a further musician.”

Charlize Theron inducted Depeche Method very last 12 months because the band had pointed out that she was a massive admirer. David Letterman shared his private link to Pearl Jam in 2017, bringing out a guitar that Eddie Vedder had provided his son years ago. And in 2018, Howard Stern compensated tribute to Bon Jovi right after staying personally enlisted by the rocker himself. “They’re massive, massive buddies,” Peresman stated, “and Howard at heart is a real rock ’n’ roll male.”

David Letterman and Eddie Vedder
David Letterman inducted Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
Howard Stern at the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Howard Stern inducted Boni Jovi into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame in 2018.
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At this year’s celebration, Dave Chappelle inducting Jay-Z reflected the hip-hop impresario’s broader cultural effects. And it is undoubtedly far more shocking than Drake or, for that make any difference, Kanye West would have been.

“We realized that they both equally have regard for each other, and we realized that Dave was a massive hip-hop admirer, a significant lover of Jay-Z’s,” stated Peresman. “We achieved out to Dave, and he agreed instantly.”

And, Peresman extra, Jay-Z “was all in” about deciding upon the comic, who was picked months ahead of the controversy bordering transphobic opinions he built in his Netflix specific “The Closer.” Chappelle created short reference to the controversy at the starting of his speech, but, Peresman explained, the “focus [was] on Jay-Z and the relevance of him becoming inducted — and practically nothing else.”

Stevie Nicks and Harry Styles
Harry Kinds bowed down to Stevie Nicks at the 2019 Rock Corridor induction ceremony
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From time to time — this kind of as when David Byrne enshrined Radiohead in 2019 — the honorees are ushered in by their own idols, relatively than the other way about. That is also the scenario with Paul McCartney inducting the Foo Fighters this calendar year. “The Foo Fighters ended up massive Beatles fans, and there is a fantastic link and a friendship concerning the band — specially Dave [Grohl] — and Paul,” mentioned Peresman. 

In other cases, it is a way to convey in youthful viewers and university them on a certified rock legend — these types of as when Harry Designs inducted Stevie Nicks two a long time back. “When we dug all-around, we located out that he was a enormous Stevie Nicks lover,” said Peresman.

Nevertheless, even with the perfect thought, often it basically will come down to availability with stars who can be booked a lot of months in progress. But, Peresman reported, there is a person rule that always applies: “We check out to come across a human being that the inductee does not dislike.”