The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Thursday that it would postpone its annual induction ceremony as part of preventative measures to thwart the spread of coronavirus.
A statement on the Cleveland-based organization’s website stated that the decision was made following a request from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) for organizations to postpone or cancel large-scale gatherings amid the outbreak. The ceremony was originally set for May 2.
“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 reads.
“Details of the rescheduled HBO live broadcast of the event will be announced at a later date as well,” it continues.
Music legends set to be inducted this year include rapper Notorious B.I.G., singer Whitney Houston and rock groups Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, among others.
Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman told Rolling Stone that a decision on when to reschedule the event would be made shortly, adding that the organization was “very disappointed” to have had to postpone it.
We are very disappointed to announce the postponement of this years Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, he said. Our first concern is to the health and safety of our attendees and artists and we are complying to the direction of the local and state authorities and common sense. We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience.