This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be like no other, because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of music fans and A-listers packing into an arena in New York or in the Hall’s hometown of Cleveland, the ceremony will air on HBO.
On Monday (Oct. 26), the Rock Hall released a 90-second teaser for next week’s extravaganza, with testimonials from a wide range of musicians, actors and comedians — including Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, Diddy and Charlize Theron — attesting to the power of rock and roll.
“The story of rock and roll is really many stories,” says Foo Fighters leader Grohl in the clip over images of this year’s inductees.
“It’s the story of pain and beauty, rebellion and unity, noise and harmony,” he continues as Luke Bryan, Springsteen, Theron, Iggy Pop, Diddy welcome us to this year’s event.
The preview goes on to feature Coldplay’s Chris Martin praising Depeche Mode for being on the forefront of “throwing away all the rule books” and Brad Paisley and Judd Apatow saying they could not imagine rock without the Doobies.
Lin-Manuel Miranda pays homage to Biggie Smalls being the “undisputed sound of New York” and Diddy calls his late superstar signing the G.O.A.T., while Jennifer Hudson dubs Houston a “goddess” and Miley Cyrus refers to NIN’s “raw, infections music that you can’t get enough of.”
Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine step up for manager-turned-mogul Irving Azoff, and The Boss has kind words for his boss, journalist-turned-manager Jon Landau, both Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees this year.
Watch the video below.