Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – It’s Worth the Fuss

By:  Alexandra Watts


It’s that time year again.

No, I’m not talking about almost summer anticipation, hot weather prologue, or period where a lot of great artists kick off their tours.

It’s time to Rock..and Roll Hall of Fame.

Annually, a handful of the greatest influencers, performers, and rockers are inducted into the prestegious hall of fame. Even though rock and roll is a pivotal part in the process, not all of the artists are “traditional” rock and roll performers. For example, Madonna has been inducted, and so has Public Enemy.  The inductees have the rock and roll spirit of rebellion and inovation mixed in with talent and good music.

In case you don’t know how the night goes, here’s a quick rundown:

Pictures, speeches, performances, tears, happy moments, anecdotes, and music.

I am in no way a dream crusher, but not everybody can be inducted in. You have to have been an artist for at least 25 years. You are then nominated and voted for by people in the industry. Your prize is a spot in the prestegious hall, which most artists take with honor…unless you’re the Sex Pistols, who famously called the museum a “p*ss stain,” and refused to attend their induction ceremony.

Rock and roll itself is full of stories and anecdotes, and a big gathering of rockstars in one room adds more to the ever expanding list of rock and roll tales. There’s the time that Mick Jagger performed with George Harrison and Ringo Starr in a wonderful rendition of “I Saw Her Standing There.” Nobody can forget about the beautiful letter that Paul McCartney wrote to John and shared as a speech when he was inducted. And what about the time that Harrison’s son, Dhani, talked about he broke his father’s award?

Okay, so maybe I have a lot of Beatles stories in the mix, but there are some good ones. I loved when Ronnie Spector was inducted after a long time coming. Her rendition of “Be My Baby” with Keith Richards is one that I still watch to this day.

I could go on and on about every single performance from the ceremony. Every single inductee brought something not only to the music world, but the ceremony itself.

I think the magic of this night is seeing artists that are so appreciated have their time to shine, all in the name of music. Back to a basic level, it’s just your average award ceremony. There’s dinner and speeches. It makes rock and roll seem both paradoxically more welcoming and awe-inspiring at the same time.

It is too easy to turn this into a list about the greatest performances at the ceremony or focusing in on artists that deserve to be inducted. But, rock and roll is not about the lists, unless your Paul Simon listing the fifty ways to leave your lover.

Rock and roll is about bringing people together. Paul and Yoko hugged it out on stage when John was inducted. At this year’s ceremony, Courtney Love and Dave Grohl will have to sit at the same table. Even separate from feuds, groups that have been broken up for years show up to perform.

Rock and roll is about diversity. While all of the artists rock, they are different from one another. This year’s nominee Linda Ronstadt is different from Prince who is different from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. There is no solid criteria in what type of music that an artist makes, as long as the music makes an impact.

Rock and roll is about everybody. Not only are performers inducted, but there are special categories reserved for people who made a difference in the music world, even if they are not as well known.

Rock and roll is about being timeless. A lot of these artists have passed on, and some day, all of them never be able to attend a ceremony or make any more music. But the inductions enable these artists to live on forever.