The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony was held in Cleveland last month. In order to receive a nomination, a band or individual artist must have released its first commercial recording a minimum of 25 years before the year of induction. For the 2018 nominations, this meant their first official recording had to have been released by at least 1992. Six inductees were honored at the Cleveland ceremony this year:
The Moody Blues
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
2018 Ceremony Highlights
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was held at Cleveland’s historic Public Hall and featured such highlights as the reunion of the Cars and of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. The Cars, who hadn’t played a show together since 2011, performed “Moving in Stereo.” Richie Sambora, who left Bon Jovi in 2013, performed alongside longtime partner Jon Bon Jovi in a greatly anticipated reunion. Lauryn Hill received rave reviews for her tribute to inductee Nina Simone. Tributes also rocked the house for Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who many consider a guitar icon. And British band, The Moody Blues, received well-deserved recognition with a great performance.
Tribute to Tom Petty
This year’s ceremony started with a tribute to the legendary Tom Petty. The Killers performed a cover of Petty’s “American Girl.” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. The Killers performance was a moving and fitting way to honor the late rocker.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony returns to Cleveland every three years. When in Cleveland, special events and exhibits make it a week-long celebration. This year’s ceremony showcased the city’s historic Public Hall, just one of several great venues in Cleveland. If you are considering hosting your next conference, meeting or event in the Cleveland area, contact us. We’ll work with you to make sure your event rocks!