The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place tonight at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr tops the list of this year’s inductees, which also includes Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Green Day, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers and The “5” Royales.
As is tradition, a variety of big-name stars will be on hand to induct the honorees. Starr will be welcomed by his Beatles band mate Paul McCartney, the late Reed will be inducted by Patti Smith, Jett and her group will be ushered in by pop superstar Miley Cyrus, Vaughan and Double Trouble will be honored by John Mayer, Green Day will be saluted by Fall Out Boy, the Butterfield Blues Band will be inducted by J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, Withers will be welcomed by Stevie Wonder and The “5” Royales will be celebrated by Booker T. & the MGs guitarist Steve Cropper.
A variety of well-known artists also will take to the stage to perform in honor of the newly minted inductees. The evening’s entertainment lineup includes The Eagles‘ Joe Walsh, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Beck, fun.‘s Nate Ruess, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O, Vaughan’s brother Jimmie, contemporary bluesman Gary Clark Jr., country star Zac Brown and pop/R&B singer John Legend.
All of the aforementioned inductees will be honored in the “Performers” category except for Starr, who will be acknowledged in conjunction with receiving the Award for Musical Excellence, and The “5” Royales, who will be recognized as an “Early Influence.”
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be taped for a television special that’s scheduled to premiere May 30 on HBO.
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