This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in Cleveland has been postponed from May 2nd to a date yet to be determined, as a result of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
An official statement from the Hall read, “The health and safety of our fans and visitors is our highest priority. Given recent news regarding coronavirus and the urging by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine regarding large public gatherings, we have made the decision to postpone the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Induction Week festivities until later this year.”
The statement added, “Additional details, including new dates and ticket information, will be announced shortly and shared directly with ticket holders and supporters. Details of the rescheduled HBO live broadcast of the event will be announced at a later date as well.”
This year's ceremony was set to honor Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, T-Rex, Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston.
This marks the first time in the Hall of Fame's history that it has not held the annual ceremony on its confirmed date. At press time there were four confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Ohio. The governor is prepping a public order that will limit mass gatherings in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.