Olivia Rodrigo has been added to the performance line-up of this Friday’s 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and she’ll reportedly be appearing on stage with inductee Sheryl Crow.
The Rock Hall announced Rodrigo’s appearance today, posting on Instagram that the Guts singer “will perform with one of her heroes” at the induction ceremony this Friday. The mystery guest didn’t stay a mystery for long though: In an interview with The New York Times, John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, apparently couldn’t contain himself, revealing that Rodrigo will perform with Crow.
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“Olivia Rodrigo is coming in this year,” Sykes said in the interview. “Last year she got up and sang ‘You’re So Vain’ by Carly Simon. She’s going to play with Sheryl Crow this year. It’s this mutual admiration that connects the past with the present.”
The 38th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony kicks off at 8 p.m./ET Friday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. This year’s inductees are Crow, Kate Bush, Willie Nelson, George Michael, Missy Elliott, Rage Against the Machine and the Spinners. Musical Excellence Awards will go to Chaka Khan, Al Kooper and Bernie Taupin, and DJ Kool Herc and Link Wray will be inducted as influences. The late Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius will be inducted as a nonperformer.
The ceremony will stream live on Disney+. Disney-owned linear network ABC will air a special with performances on January 1.
In addition to Rodrigo and Crow, performers will include, among others, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, H.E.R., Chris Stapleton, St. Vincent and New Edition.
This year’s event will likely be one of the most scrutinized ceremonies in Rock Hall history: Earlier this year, Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone magazine and co-founder of the Rock Hall, was ousted from the foundation after he gave an interview to The New York Times that was widely considered racist and misogynistic. He later apologized.
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