Performers and Presenters Announced for 44th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner
This year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner’s performers and presenters represent genres from all over the spectrum. Artists ranging from Alison Krauss to Wiz Khalifa, including Billy Joel, Petula Clark„ Smokey Robinson, Patty Smyth, Rob Thomas, Sting, Steven Tyler and the cast of Motown: The Musical will all contribute to the ceremony.
The Hall of Fame, which has inducted less than 400 artists in its 44 years, will admit a few more on the night of June 13 in New York City. Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Steven Tyler, Holly Knight, Tony Hatch, and several others will be inducted.
Read Axl Rose’s Breakup Letter To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
After the February announcement that Guns N’ Roses would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, talk began circulating that band would not be performing at the induction ceremony. Putting the rumors to rest, Axl Rose released a letter this morning explaining why he will not be attending the ceremony this Saturday, and will be declining his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check out the entire letter below:
To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,
When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.
Banjo Legend and Innovator Earl Scruggs Dies at 88
Banjo legend and Country Music Hall of Famer Earl Scruggs died of natural causes Wednesday at age 88, according to The Tennesseean.
On the banjo, Mr. Scruggs’ three-finger picking style was fast, intricate, and just what bluegrass needed in order to acheive the hard-driving, passionate sound now associated with Appalachian music. He was the first to popularize the North Carolina three-finger technique, still emulated by young bluegrass banjoists today.