Established in by a group of leading figures in the music industry—including Atlantic Records cofounder Ahmet Ertegun and Jann Wenner , the publisher of Rolling Stone magazine—the nonprofit Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was responsible for the creation of the museum and hall of fame, which began inducting honorees in Architect I. It opened to the public in Typical artifacts include instruments used by famous musicians, stage clothing and props, drafts of song lyrics, correspondence, original album art, handbills, posters, and photographs. Many of the exhibits are highly interactive, and the sound of music is omnipresent. The museum also mounts major temporary exhibits, has a large research library and archives, offers educational outreach, and conducts conferences and symposia. Musicians become eligible for induction into the hall of fame 25 years after the release of their first recording. Those nominees with the highest vote total and more than 50 percent of the total vote are inducted, five to seven performers being chosen each year. There is often tension between commercial success and reverence by critics in the selection process. Moreover, the committee has been criticized by some for its alleged music industry establishment bias.
Meet the class of 2020
This list was originally published before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The idea of a bunch of self-satisfied music-industry fat cats in tuxedos having rock stars assemble for a command performance once a year is precisely the sort of thing rock was created to be the antidote to. There is nothing less rock and roll than a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That said, it does exist.
The museum documents the history of rock music and the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have influenced its development. After a long search for the right city, Cleveland was chosen in as the Hall of Fame's permanent home. Architect I. Pei designed the new museum, and it was dedicated on September 1, The Foundation began inducting artists in , but the Hall of Fame still had no home. Freed was also a member of the hall of fame's inaugural class of inductees in
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , established in and located in Cleveland , Ohio, United States, is dedicated to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential musicians, bands, producers, and others that have in some major way influenced the music industry, particularly in the area of rock and roll. In , " sidemen " was introduced as a category. The only category that has seen new inductees every single year is the performers category.