Update: Rock Hall Announces Presenters for the Upcoming Inductions

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click to enlarge Bon Jovi performing at the Q. - Joe Kleon
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Bon Jovi performing at the Q.
The Rock Hall has just announced more presenters for the upcoming Inductions that take place on April 14 at Public Hall.

Howard Stern and Ann Wilson have both already announced that they'll respectively induct Bon Jovi and the Moody Blues.

A Rock Hall press release sent out this morning adds that Mary J. Blige will induct Nina Simone, Alabama Shakes' singer Brittany Howard will induct Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Killers' Brandon Flowers will induct the Cars.

Also, singer-songwriter Andra Day will perform for the late Simone.

The ceremony will premiere at 8 p.m. on May 5 on HBO.

Original Post: Shock Jock Howard Stern will induct Jersey rockers Bon Jovi into the Rock Hall at this year’s inductions.

The announcement came this morning during Bon Jovi's appearance on Stern's SiriusXM satellite radio show.

On the show, frontman Jon Bon Jovi said that he and Stern recently had a secret meeting to discuss the inductions.

"I had hoped this day was going to come, and it does come and I had given it a lot of thought to who I wanted to induct us," Bon Jovi said on the Sirius show, adding that they met in a car on the street to discuss the matter. "You think about these rock stars, but I only had one choice, and I told no one, not my wife, certainly not my band. You've only ever been my first choice. The truth is, our careers have paralleled in a lot of ways. Whether ups or downs, we’ve come through everything together, and we do this at this point because we love the people we work with. We really do love what we do. Nobody knows not only me but the members of the band as well as Howard."

Stern has turned down other bands because he thought he would “fuck it up.” He almost backed out of agreeing to induct Bon Jovi too since Bon Jovi didn’t initially tell Stern the inductions were in Cleveland this year, and Stern assumed they would take place in New York. When he got the call to inform him that the inductions would be in Cleveland, he wasn't pleased.

“I gotta go to fuckin’ Cleveland," Stern says. "I told my wife that I was going to call Jon and get out of it. But she told me that we are both going to go to Cleveland, and that it’s going to be fun.”

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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