2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Kaleb Crisci

The co-creator of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun, was the co-founder of an idea for a building that would become a popular spot for many people to visit. Its home is set in Cleveland, and its name is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The museum was made to celebrate the history of rock and roll and shine light on the significance that the genre has played into many lives. The doors to the museum opened on September 2, 1995 and included a benefit concert. Musicians like Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash all played in the opening concert.

Ahmet Ertegun created Atlantic Records with his partner Herb Abramson in October of 1947, and signed their first major artist Ruth brown, in 1949. Their intent was that they wanted to make the kinds of records they wanted to buy. They focused mainly on Jazz and Blues, and within the first year and a half they found it hard to get their records to sell. Many major distributors thought that good sales would not come from rough R&B and Jazz. They found themselves high in the pop charts when they released Stick McGhee’s ‘Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee’ in 1949. At this time along with Ruth Brown, they would come out with other hits with artists like The Drifters and Big Joe Turner. This would be the upstart of their fame.

Now, in 2019, the record label is one of the biggest, and the museum is known all over the world. The nominees get introduced, and people get five votes to use daily. The first time nominees include e the Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Motörhead, Dave Matthews Band, Thin Lizzy, the Doobie Brothers, and Pat Benatar. First time nominees are people that are being voted on for the first time, and are new to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The inductees are set to be announced in May of 2020, and will be broadcasted on tv. Many people will be tuning in to see if their artists on the list make it. Some of the other nominees include Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and Kraftwerk. The world will be tunefully sitting in to know how it will turn out.