The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has rolled out its list of inductors and performers for the 2021 induction ceremony later this month. The 36th annual Induction Ceremony is set for October 30th at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse and will be simulcast on SiriusXM and air at a later date on HBO.
The ceremony honors this year’s Inductees: Tina Turner, Carole King, the Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, and Todd Rundgren in the Performer category, along with Kraftwerk, Charley Patton and Gil Scott-Heron for Early Influence, LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads for Musical Excellence, and Clarence Avant for the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The initial lineup of 2021 inductors and performers are:
Paul McCartney inducting Foo Fighters
Angela Bassett inducting Tina Turner, with performances by Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., and Bryan Adams
Taylor Swift inducting Carole King, with performances by Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson
Drew Barrymore inducting the Go-Go’s
Lionel Richie inducting Clarence Avant for the Ahmet Ertegun Award
The 2021 Rock Hall nod is just part of the ongoing activity for the Go-Go’s over the next year, with U.S. and UK dates now on the books for the band. Lead guitarist Charlotte Caffey explained that hitting the road for a an extended party is very much a thing of the past for the Go-Go’s: “We don’t party like we used to. That’s old school, we call it. We view ourselves as rock athletes. That’s our new . . . Because, honestly, when we started touring again back in 1998, a little two-week tour we did, Kathy, Jane and I were astounded after two weeks how much our bodies hurt. We were like, ‘What is this?’ And we realized, ‘Y’know what? We’re not 20 anymore. We’ve got to get ourselves in shape.’ And we started — all of us did, the whole band — started to get ourselves into shape.”