The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located in downtown Cleveland is dedicated to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers and others who have, in some major way, influenced the music industry - particularly rock and roll.
With a permanent collection drawing from the most impressive and iconic rock and roll artefacts and a wide-ranging roster of on-going and temporary exhibits, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of the music and the cultural context from which it emerges. The Museum continually augments its own collection of thousands of artefacts with items on loan from artists and collectors from around the world.
A handful of artists are inducted into the Hall of Fame in an
annual induction ceremony historically held at the Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel in New York City. The first group of inductees, inducted on
January 23, 1986, included Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam
Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis,
Little Richard, and Elvis Presley.
Currently, groups or
individuals are qualified for induction 25 years after the release of
their first record. Nominees should have demonstrable influence and
significance within the history of rock and roll. Fans have no input
concerning who is nominated or elected to the hall.
in 2009, the annual induction ceremony will move to Cleveland on a
rotating basis, perhaps as often as every three years.