The presenters at the 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony have been announced, with some impressive names.
On Tuesday, Rolling Stone reported that among the presenters will be Harry Styles, Brian May and Trent Reznor.
Styles will be presenting for Stevie Nicks’ induction, with May coming in to present Queen and Reznor for the Cure. Janelle Monae will present Janet Jackson, David Byrne will introduce Radiohead, Susanna Hoffs will present the Bangles and John Taylor and Simon Le Bon will present Roxy Music.
Def Leppard the Zombies have also bagged a place in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, with the induction ceremony set to be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on March 29.
Kraftwerk, Todd Rundgren, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus & Chaka Khan, MC5, LL Cool J, John Prine, and Devo lost out on the honour, despite being nominated, Rolling Stone reported. Artists are eligible for the induction 25 years after the release of their first album or single.
Nicks said in a statement: “I have a lot to say about this but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling.”
Jackson added: “Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am truly honoured and I am happy to be in there with my brothers.”
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott continued: “Now we can stop holding our breath. How wonderful to be in the same club as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and the Who and Queen. It’s a nice badge of honour.”
The Zombies’ Colin Blunstone shared: “You do start to doubt that it could happen. I’ve tried to be fairly philosophical about it and tell myself that if we don’t get inducted, it’s just a bit of fun. Don’t take it too seriously. But of course when you’re actually inducted, everything changes. You think, This is a career-defining [and] life-defining moment.”