The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established by legendary record executive Ahmet Ertegun and a group of music business executives to honor the artists that have defined rock and roll and have inspired and continue to inspire a generation. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum designed by I.M. Pei in Cleveland, Ohio that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as educational programs.
The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Cleveland and premiere on HBO on May 5. The 2012 ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was - for the first time in the event's history - at the 2009 Inductions in Cleveland.
Honorees and presenters for this year's show include:
Beastie Boys - inducted by Chuck D.
Guns N' Roses - inducted by Green Day.
Donovan - inducted by John Mellencamp.
Small Faces/The Faces - inducted by Stevie Van Zandt.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - inducted by Chris Rock.
Laura Nyro - inducted by Bette Midler.
Freddie King - inducted by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill.
Don Kirshner - inducted by Carole King.
Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns - inducted by Robbie Robertson.
The Blue Caps, the Comets, the Crickets, the Famous Flames, the Midnighters and the Miracles - inducted by Smokey Robinson.
Leading up to the April 14 ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host more than a week of special events, including the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's new Library and Archives, tours of the newly-redesigned Museum interior space, the unveiling of a major new exhibition, the Rock My Soul gospel tribute, a free concert for Cleveland and a special series of education programs designed to teach students across the nation about the history and impact of rock and roll. Once open, the Library and Archives will be the world's most comprehensive repository of written and audio-visual materials relating to the history of rock and roll. For further information, please visit rockhall.com.