Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed

Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode will have to wait to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after organisers pulled their spring celebration in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The Doobie Brothers had also been due to be honoured at Cleveland, Ohio's Public Hall on 2 May, alongside the late Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., and T-Rex.

"We are very disappointed to announce the postponement of this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony," Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman shares in a statement.

"Our first concern is to the health and safety of our attendees and artists and we are complying to the direction of the local and state authorities and common sense. We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience."

Meanwhile, the rapid spread of the COVID-19 disease has prompted Juno Awards officials in Canada to scrap the prizegiving.

Singer Alessia Cara had been due to host the biggest night in the Canadian music calendar in Saskatoon on Sunday (15Mar20), but bosses at the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) have announced the event will no longer take place.

"We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music, but at this time of global uncertainty, the health, safety and well-being of all Canadians must stand at the forefront of any decisions that impact our communities," reads a statement issued on Thursday (12Mar20).

Instead, CARAS executives are considering "alternative" ways to celebrate the 2020 nominees and winners.

Cara led all nominees with six mentions, while Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Bryan Adams, Avril Lavigne, rapper Tory Lanez, and The Weeknd were also among the stars up for awards.

The news comes on the heels of the cancellation of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, which had been due to take place on 22 March, with Chance the Rapper as host.

The coronavirus pandemic has also forced major festivals, like this month's SXSW and April's Coachella and Stagecoach, to be either axed or postponed, too.

The pandemic has also shut down the Lollapalooza Argentina festival. Bosses have announced the event, set for 27-29 March, will be postponed until the second half of the year.

"Faced with this unprecedented moment, our top priority is preserving the health and security of the public, artists and work teams and heed the preventive measures of government and health authorities," a statement reads. "We will share more information soon on our website and social media."

The festival’s line-up included Guns N’ Roses, The Strokes, and Lana Del Rey.


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