Taylor Swift and Jay-Z appear in trailer for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony special


HBO released the first official trailer for the Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony special, featuring music’s biggest stars, on Tuesday. 

The preview teased some of the inductees, including Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, and Todd Rundgren as well as performances from Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., and Bryan Adams. 

Paul McCartney, who introduced the Foo Fighters, hyped the audience as he reminded viewers: ‘Rock and roll it really is a magical thing.’

Big night: HBO released a trailer for the Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony special, featuring music's biggest stars, on Tuesday

Big night: HBO released a trailer for the Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony special, featuring music’s biggest stars, on Tuesday

‘This is it. It’s not just any hall of fame, it’s the f**king Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,’ the 18-time Grammy winner, 79, said in the clip’s opening seconds. 

Next, Drew Barrymore gushed over The Go-Go’s on stage as the popular female rock band received their long-awaited induction. 

‘Beauty and the Beat blew the doors of my life off!’ the talk show host, 46, raved of their debut album, released in 1981. 

Making history: The preview teased some of the inductees, including Carole King, The Go-Go's, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, and Todd Rundgren

Making history: The preview teased some of the inductees, including Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, and Todd Rundgren

There were also performances from Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., and Bryan Adams

There were also performances from Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., and Bryan Adams

Later, Swift, who rocked black lace catsuit from UK-based designer Sarah Regensburger, called Carole King ‘the greatest songwriter of all time.’ 

‘She inspired us all so much,’ Jennifer Hudson added of King, who topped the charts between 1962 and 2005.   

Once on stage, Jay-Z recalled playing his music to ‘every single record company’ and being told ‘that s**t is trash.’

A long way: Once on stage, Jay-Z recalled playing his music to 'every single record company' and being told 'that s**t is trash'

A long way: Once on stage, Jay-Z recalled playing his music to ‘every single record company’ and being told ‘that s**t is trash’

A honor: Paul McCartney, who introduced the Foo Fighters, hyped the audience as he reminded viewers: 'Rock and roll it really is a magical thing'

A honor: Paul McCartney, who introduced the Foo Fighters, hyped the audience as he reminded viewers: ‘Rock and roll it really is a magical thing’

'This is it. It's not just any hall of fame, it's the f**king Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,' the 18-time Grammy winner, 79, said in the clip's opening seconds

‘This is it. It’s not just any hall of fame, it’s the f**king Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,’ the 18-time Grammy winner, 79, said in the clip’s opening seconds

‘I, for not one second, changed my course. Now, that’s rock and roll,’ he said with a smile. 

The trailer for the special, which comes out on November 20, also gave a glimpse of Aguilera, Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez jamming out.

Angela Bassett paid tribute to Tina Turner, who she said everyone was ‘here tonight to celebrate.’ 

Hitting the stage: The trailer also gave a glimpse of Christina Aguilera, Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez jamming out

Hitting the stage: The trailer also gave a glimpse of Christina Aguilera, Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez jamming out

Making a statement: Lopez beamed as she performed in a cobalt blue cape and her hair in pigtails

Making a statement: Lopez beamed as she performed in a cobalt blue cape and her hair in pigtails   

‘You’re simply the best!’ the 63-year-old actress raved, before excitedly throwing her arms in the air.

The ceremony was held in Cleveland, Ohio on October 30.

Along with her presenting gig, Swift performed her own rendition of King’s co-written hit Will You Love Me Tomorrow – a performance that reportedly brought King to tears.

Singing away: Aguilera held a microphone and blew the audience away with her vocal range

Singing away: Aguilera held a microphone and blew the audience away with her vocal range 

Fangirl: Drew Barrymore gushed over The Go-Go's on stage as the popular female rock band received their long-awaited induction.

Fangirl: Drew Barrymore gushed over The Go-Go’s on stage as the popular female rock band received their long-awaited induction.

'Beauty and the Beat blew the doors of my life off!' the talk show host, 46, raved of their debut album, released in 1981

‘Beauty and the Beat blew the doors of my life off!’ the talk show host, 46, raved of their debut album, released in 1981

Carole delivered a lengthy acceptance speech where she thanked all of the attendees and sent a shout-out to one of her inspirational figures, Aretha Franklin.

King was previously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990 when she was given the distinction as a non-performer alongside her former husband and collaborator, Gerry Goffin.

During her induction speech, the musician thanked the 22 singer for her contributions to music and noted via Rolling Stone that she had been ‘carrying the torch forward’ in terms of pop songwriting.

Paying tribute: Carole delivered a lengthy acceptance speech where she thanked all of the attendees and sent a shout-out to one of her inspirational figures, Aretha Franklin

Paying tribute: Carole delivered a lengthy acceptance speech where she thanked all of the attendees and sent a shout-out to one of her inspirational figures, Aretha Franklin

Angela Bassett paid homage to Tina Turner, who she said everyone was 'here tonight to celebrate'

Angela Bassett paid homage to Tina Turner, who she said everyone was ‘here tonight to celebrate’

'You're simply the best!' the 63-year-old actress raved, before excitedly throwing her arms in the air

‘You’re simply the best!’ the 63-year-old actress raved, before excitedly throwing her arms in the air

She went on to express her gratitude for all of the other performers who were added to the Hall Of Fame at the event. 

‘I want to thank all of tonight’s inductees for carrying the torch, from rhythm & blues to rock & roll, to the music that inspires us today,’ she said.

King also remarked that, although she was not used to making public appearances, she was happy to be in the same room as many of her contemporaries.

‘I’m kind of a hermit, and to come out tonight and see old friends and new and just all of you here tonight to welcome all the inductees, and me as one of them, it’s unbelievable,’ she stated.

Star-studded: The ceremony was held in Cleveland, Ohio on October 30

Star-studded: The ceremony was held in Cleveland, Ohio on October 30

Back! This year marks the return of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame's ceremony in person as the 2020 event was virtual on account of the COVID-19 pandemic

Back! This year marks the return of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s ceremony in person as the 2020 event was virtual on account of the COVID-19 pandemic

The singer recalled the first instance when she connected with an audience and expressed disbelief that she was being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame after decades of work. 

Sweet display:  Swift inducted Carole King into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame for the second time during the annual Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio last month

Sweet display:  Swift inducted Carole King into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame for the second time during the annual Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio last month 

‘I am told…you know, I keep hearing it, so I guess I’m going to have to try to own it, that today’s female singers and songwriters stand on my shoulders,’ she said.

The singer concluded her speech by sending a shout-out to one of her major influences, who had previously passed away in 2018.

She remarked: ‘Let it not be forgotten that they also stand on the shoulders of the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. May she rest in power, Miss Aretha Franklin!’

Camaraderie: After taking to the stage to present her the honor, the 31-year-old singer tenderly wrapped her arms around the 79-year-old songwriter as they mingled backstage

Camaraderie: After taking to the stage to present her the honor, the 31-year-old singer tenderly wrapped her arms around the 79-year-old songwriter as they mingled backstage

‘At this point, I am used to performing, and when, you know, that fateful night when the audience began to sing along and I felt them with me — and here we are, 51 years later,’ she stated.

King then humbly acknowledged that she had been described as a major influence on many modern performers. 

Famous friends: The two were later seen posing for photos with luminaries such as (L-R) Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman and Mickey Guyton

Famous friends: The two were later seen posing for photos with luminaries such as (L-R) Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman and Mickey Guyton

LL Cool J was honored with the Award for Musical Excellence, and it was given to him by Dr. Dre.

This year marks the return of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’s ceremony in person as the 2020 event was virtual on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid the Coronavirus, this year all ticket holders are required to show proof of vaccination (14 days past final vaccination shot) or a negative COVID test within 48 hours before the venue opens its doors for the event, they are adhering to strict COVID-19 protocol.

Far back: King was previously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990 when she was given the distinction as a non-performer alongside her former husband and collaborator, Gerry Goffin

Far back: King was previously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990 when she was given the distinction as a non-performer alongside her former husband and collaborator, Gerry Goffin

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