In a notable change, the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, which had been broadcast on HBO since 1995, is making its way to Disney+ and ABC as part of a fresh agreement.
This year’s ceremony will be streamed live coast-to-coast on Disney+ on Friday, November 3. Additionally, Disney-owned linear network ABC will air a special featuring performances on January 1.
This transition comes on the heels of some criticism surrounding the event, sparked by the ousting of Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone magazine and co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame foundation. Wenner’s removal came after an interview deemed racist and misogynistic by many.
The star-studded lineup for this year’s ceremony includes performances by Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Chaka Khan, Willie Nelson, and special guests like Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, H.E.R., Chris Stapleton, St. Vincent, and New Edition.
The list of inductees is equally impressive, featuring Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against The Machine, and The Spinners. Notably, DJ Kool Herc, Link Wray, Chaka Khan, Al Kooper, Bernie Taupin, and Don Cornelius will also receive awards.
John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, expressed the significance of this historic live stream and special broadcast, highlighting the diverse sounds and enduring influence of rock and roll. He referred to the ceremony as music’s highest honor, celebrating artists who’ve left an indelible mark on generations.
Rob Mills, EVP of Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment at Walt Disney Television, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the ceremony’s role in commemorating the profound impact these artists have had on both the industry and culture. He expressed excitement at offering audiences a front-row seat to the event on Disney+ and ABC.