How Taylor Swift, Dave Chappelle and more become Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductors

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If you’re questioning why you’ll see Drew Barrymore enshrining iconic ’80s woman group the Go-Go’s into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 on the induction ceremony airing on HBO Saturday, properly, it’s not as a result of the actress and now talk-show host has launched 5 new-wave albums that you simply don’t find out about.

“Drew is a true fan — she’s a real Go-Go’s kid,” drummer Gina Schock informed The Post. “She’s been coming to Go-Go’s shows since she was a little kid. I mean, I remember walking offstage and seeing her standing on the side of the stage with a big smile — her and her mom. And even as an adult, she would be at our shows. After all these years, she still feels strongly enough about the band to want to induct us.”

When you take a look at Rock Hall induction 2021 ceremony — which was taped just a few weeks in the past at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — some of the pairings appear more pure. Taylor Swift inducted one of her feminine singer-songwriter heroes, Carole King, whereas Angela Bassett did the honors for Tina Turner, who the actress famously played in 1993’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” But inductors needn’t be fellow musicians or artists who had been clearly impressed by the honoree. They can be well-known mates or fangirls.

The Go-Go's and Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore enshrines the Go-Go’s on the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, airing Saturday on HBO.
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“When you have Trent Reznor inducting the Cure [in 2019], it’s great because he could talk so deeply about how much the Cure influenced him,” stated RRHOF president Joel Peresman. “You look for some of those connections. But a lot of times you look for someone that’s in popular culture that can kind of talk about why this artist is important and why they’re a fan. You want to sometimes bring a little different perspective as opposed to necessarily another musician.”

Charlize Theron inducted Depeche Mode final 12 months as a result of the band had talked about that she was a giant fan. David Letterman shared his private connection to Pearl Jam in 2017, bringing out a guitar that Eddie Vedder had given his son years in the past. And in 2018, Howard Stern paid tribute to Bon Jovi after being personally enlisted by the rocker himself. “They’re big, big friends,” Peresman stated, “and Howard at heart is a real rock ’n’ roll guy.”

David Letterman and Eddie Vedder
David Letterman inducted Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
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Howard Stern at the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Howard Stern inducted Boni Jovi into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
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At this 12 months’s occasion, Dave Chappelle inducting Jay-Z mirrored the hip-hop impresario’s broader cultural influence. And it’s actually more stunning than Drake or, for that matter, Kanye West would have been.

“We knew that they both have respect for each other, and we knew that Dave was a big hip-hop fan, a big fan of Jay-Z’s,” stated Peresman. “We reached out to Dave, and he agreed immediately.”

And, Peresman added, Jay-Z “was all in” about selecting the comic, who was chosen months earlier than the controversy surrounding transphobic feedback he made in his Netflix particular “The Closer.” Chappelle made temporary reference to the controversy firstly of his speech, however, Peresman stated, the “focus [was] on Jay-Z and the importance of him being inducted — and nothing else.”

Stevie Nicks and Harry Styles
Harry Styles bowed right down to Stevie Nicks on the 2019 Rock Hall induction ceremony
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Sometimes — resembling when David Byrne enshrined Radiohead in 2019 — the honorees are ushered in by their very own idols, quite than the opposite method round. That’s additionally the case with Paul McCartney inducting the Foo Fighters this 12 months. “The Foo Fighters were huge Beatles fans, and there’s a good connection and a friendship between the band — especially Dave [Grohl] — and Paul,” stated Peresman. 

In different cases, it’s a method to usher in youthful viewers and college them on an authorized rock legend — resembling when Harry Styles inducted Stevie Nicks two years in the past. “When we dug around, we found out that he was a huge Stevie Nicks fan,” stated Peresman.

Still, even with the right concept, typically it merely comes right down to availability with celebrities who could be booked many months prematurely. But, Peresman stated, there’s one rule that at all times applies: “We try to find a person that the inductee doesn’t hate.”