2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony as it happened: Real-time updates
Here's a minute-by-minute breakdown of every major moment during the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony as it happened: Real-time updates
Photo: Evan Agostini
Author: Ryan Haidet
Published: 6:17 PM EDT March 29, 2019
Updated: 11:24 AM EDT March 30, 2019
ROCK-HALL 11 Articles

CLEVELAND — It was all about rock 'n' roll royalty Friday night.

The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took over the Barclays Center in New York to immortalize Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies.

Below you will find time-stamped updates that showcase every moment of the induction ceremony as the music event unfolded. We also had crews live backstage, which you can see HERE.

CLICK HERE to see the full list of everybody inducted


2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony as it happened: Real-time updates

Chapter 1

Def Leppard

Seventh -- and final -- induction of the night

12:07 a.m. "Good night!" That's a wrap! The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has come to a close just a few minutes shy of lasting five hours. This year's ceremony went five minutes later than 2018 when the event ended at 12:02 a.m.

12:02 a.m. After a quick two-minute break, there's a full-on jam session on stage with Def Leppard welcoming Brian May of Queen, Ian Hunter, Colin Blunstone of The Zombies, Stevie Van Zandt and Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles. The whole group is singing "All The Young Dudes."

12 a.m. The midnight hour is here and Def Leppard just finished singing "Pour Some Sugar On Me." They're not done yet, though...

11:55 p.m. Joe Elliott asks the crowd if they're ready for some audience participation as the band starts jamming to "Pour Some Sugar On Me."

11:50 p.m. Def Leppard is now performing "Photograph."

11:49 p.m. One thing we've noticed scrolling through social media for Rock Hall reaction, it seems Harry Styles is the most popular topic on Twitter. Don't believe us? Just do a quick search for #RockHall2019.

11:46 p.m. Second song: "Rock Of Ages."

11:43 p.m. I can't stop this feeling... I can't stop this fight... The crowd here at the Rock Hall simulcast happily singing along.

11:42 p.m. Induction ceremony now at four and a half hours long.

11:40 p.m. Guitarist Phil Collen is shirtless for the band's first song of the night, "Hysteria." Drummer Rick Allen is also performing barefoot.

11:39 p.m. They're still getting the stage set for Def Leppard's performance.

11:35 p.m. Def Leppard finished their comments with Joe Elliott the only member of the band speaking. They're now gathering their instruments and ready to rock.

See photos of Def Leppard's induction:

11:33 p.m. "If alcoholism, car crashes and cancer couldn't kill us, the 90s have no f---king chance." -- Joe Elliott.

11:31 p.m. "He survived it, and came out on the other side stronger." -- Joe Elliott on Rick Allen losing his arm in an accident.

11:28 p.m. Joe Elliott has been talking about the band's early years for the last five minutes while offering a variety of thank you messages.

11:23 p.m. Def Leppard is welcomed to the stage among massive cheers.

11:20 p.m. Drummer Rick Allen has tears in his eyes as Brian May continues honoring the band.

11:19 p.m. Brian May is listing off Def Leppard's countless hits. What's your favorite? Tell us HERE.

11:13 p.m. Brian May just drops the first "F-bomb" of the night. It only took us four hours and one minute for it to happen. Surprising, considering this is rock 'n' roll, right?

11:12 p.m. Brian May of Queen is now on stage presenting for Def Leppard. "Rock and roll is alive and well! Am I right? I am so honored and privileged to be importing Def Leppard into the Hall of Fame."

11:10 p.m. This was their first nomination for Def Leppard, but they've been eligible for induction since 2005.

11:08 p.m. Now, Def Leppard gets their turn. A highlight reel of their career is being featured in the theater.

11:05 p.m. Def Leppard is the final induction of the night... But first, the Rock Hall is paying tribute to those we've lost in the last year. The "in memoriam" honored dozens of people, including Aretha Franklin, Avicii, Pete Shelley, Andy Anderson, Danny Kirwan, Keith Flint, Joe Jackson, Vinnie Paul, Ed King, Mac Miller, James Ingram, Dick Dale, Peter Tork and Marty Balin, among many others.

Chapter 2

The Zombies

Sixth induction of the night

11:04 p.m. That's a wrap on The Zombies. It's obvious this is a night they've been waiting a long time to experience. Welcome to the rock 'n' roll eternity, guys!

10:59 p.m. Fourth and final song: "She's Not There."

10:56 p.m. Third performance: "Tell Her No."

10:54 p.m. Second performance: "This Will Be Our Year."

10:51 p.m. We're approaching the four-hour mark. Who's still with us?

10:49 p.m. The Zombies have finished their speeches and are now performing "Time of the Season."

See photos of The Zombies' induction:

10:43 p.m. Colin Blunstone speaks at the mic: "Being with you here all tonight, this wonderful occasion is an absolute joy and makes it very, very worthwhile. Thank you!"

10:39 p.m. "Elvis actually had our records on his jukebox. I could not believe that when I found that out." -- Rod Argent.

10:37 p.m. "I was 11 years old, and I couldn't in any way being part of the same world [as Elvis Presley]." -- Rod Argent.

10:36 p.m. Meanwhile... The press is greeted with visits from The Cure and Janet Jackson backstage at the Barclays Center (see more backstage coverage HERE):

10:35 p.m. "To be honest, it's been an honor enough to be nominated four times in the last five years." -- Rod Argent.

10:33 p.m. The Zombies are welcomed to the stage to formally accept their induction.

10:32 p.m. "I crave, I need a little dose of their particular sound. It never fails to touch me. ... This will be your year. It took a long time to come." -- Susanna Hoffs.

10:27 p.m. Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles takes the stage to introduce The Zombies.

10:23 p.m. It's the "Time of the Season" to induct The Zombies.

Chapter 3

Janet Jackson

Fifth induction of the night

10:22 p.m. Janet Jackson wraps up her induction without performing. Next up: The Zombies. Since she didn't perform, we'll leave you with this (side note... The costume in this video is now on display here at the Rock Hall):

10:21 p.m. "I also want to say thanks to each and every fan. You've been with me every step of the way through all my ups, all my downs. I never have, and I never will take you for granted. I love you with all my heart. Thank you so much. Thank you God for giving us life. ... With God, all is possible and all is good."

10:14 p.m. Janet Jackson talks about how her father helped get her to this spot. "In 1997, my brothers were recognized for their musical passion by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I was so, so proud. ... As the youngest in the family, I was determined to make it on my own. I wanted to stand on my own two feet. But never in a million years did I expect to follow in their footsteps. Tonight, your baby sister has made it." You can see a complete list of everybody who's been inducted in the Rock Hall HERE.

See photos of Janet Jackson's induction:

10:13 p.m. She's been on stage for more than a minute, and the crowd is still cheering.

10:12 p.m. Janet Jackson walks through the crowd and to the stage as she rightfully claims her induction trophy. This is also the three-hour mark of the induction ceremony.

10:03 p.m. Janelle Monáe takes the stage to start the induction process for Miss Jackson. "Our fearless leader is one of the biggest selling artists in music history. ... She is a bold visionary, a rule breaker, a risk taker and a boundless visual artist. Quite simply, y'all, there is only one Janet."

9:59 p.m. It's time for Janet Jackson. She's been nominated numerous times for induction, but this was finally her year.

Chapter 4

The Cure

Fourth induction of the night

9:58 p.m. The Cure thanks the crowd one more time and exits the stage as Janet Jackson's induction begins.

9:55 p.m. The Cure is now singing their fifth song of the night: "Boys Don't Cry."

9:51 p.m. People in the crowd start dancing and singing here at the Rock Hall simulcast as The Cure performs "Just Like Heaven."

9:48 p.m. Third performance: "Lovesong."

9:47 p.m. They're still performing "A Forest." Seriously, how long is this song?

9:42 p.m. Checking the clock... We're now two and a half hours in. There are still three inductees left to honor: The Zombies, Janet Jackson and Def Leppard. Last year's induction ceremony ended at 12:02 a.m. How much longer do you think we'll be rocking into the night?

9:40 p.m. Second song: "A Forest."

9:36 p.m. First song: "Shake Dog Shake."

9:35 p.m. The band gathers for some live music after Robert Smith offers immense amounts of gratitude to those in his life, career and fans.

9:32 p.m. "It's a very nice surprise to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." -- Robert Smith.

See photos of The Cure's induction:

9:31 p.m. And there he is... Robert Smith with his iconic hair and red lips.

9:30 p.m. The Cure is welcomed to the stage to accept their induction trophy. The cheers are deafening.

9:28 p.m. The Cure "transcended fashion itself." -- Trent Reznor.

9:22 p.m. Trent Reznor mentions his time living in Cleveland, and the crowd here at the Rock Hall simulcast went nuts.

9:21 p.m. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails takes the stage to present for The Cure. 

9:17 p.m. The Cure is up next for induction!

Chapter 5

Rock 'n' roll singles honored

6 songs get special recognition

9:12 p.m. We're now two hours into the induction ceremony! We've only inducted three of seven so far. We still have the Zombies, Janet Jackson, Def Leppard and the Cure.

9:02 - 9:16 p.m. Stevie Van Zandt is welcomed to the stage to honor this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singles. It's a new element that started in 2018 to celebrate individual songs and their influence on rock 'n' roll:

- "Maybe" by the Chantels.

- "Tequila" by the Champs. Yes, Pee-wee would be proud.

- "Money (That's What I Want)" by Barrett Strong.

- "Twist & Shout" by the Isley Brothers.

- "Leader of the Pack" by the Shangri-Las.

- "Gloria" by the Shadows of Knight.

Chapter 6

Roxy Music

Third induction of the night

9:01 p.m. Roxy Music caps off their induction and exits the stage to a roar of applause.

8:57 p.m. Roxy Music is keeping the party alive with their sixth song of the night, "Editions of You."

8:54 p.m. "Avalon" is their next song of choice. That's five songs for Roxy Music live on stage.

8:52 p.m. Four songs in... They're now performing "More Than This."

8:50 p.m. "Love is the Drug" is their next song.

8:46 p.m. Roxy Music performs their second song of the night: "Out of the Blue."

8:41 p.m. Roxy Music jams to "In Every Dream Home a Heartache."

8:40 p.m. After their brief comments, the theater lights dim as Roxy Music prepares to perform.

8:36 p.m. Bryan Ferry is running through a long list of "thank yous."

See photos of Roxy Music's induction:

8:35 p.m. Roxy Music arrives on stage to accept their induction. The crowd climbs to their feet.

8:32 p.m. "The name Bryan Ferry has become a synonym for cool. He is like Cary Grant. ... Without Roxy Music there really would be no Duran Duran, for sure." -- John Taylor.

8:29 p.m. "This is more than just music. This was all-encompassing. This was an entire genre all to itself. This is Roxy Music." -- John Taylor.

8:25 p.m. John Taylor and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran walk out on stage to introduce Roxy Music.

8:23 p.m. A video reel highlighting Roxy Music's career is being featured now.

Chapter 7


Second induction of the night

8:22 p.m. Radiohead leaves the stage without performing. Roxy Music is being introduced next!

8:20 p.m. "I want to thank everybody who's ever been moved or touched by our music. ... We are a very, very blessed band. ... It's an incredible journey. It is truly extraordinary. We aren't doing run-of-the-mill stuff. We've been doing this for 34 years and still doing it." -- Ed O'Brien.

See photos of Radiohead's induction:

8:18 p.m. Band member Philip Selway is at the mic: "I never take any of this for granted. So thank you. Thank you so much."

8:17 p.m. Meanwhile... Stevie Nicks and Harry Styles go backstage to the press room. Follow along with all of our backstage updates HERE.

8:15 p.m. "Musically, they kept changing. ... They changed our idea of what popular music can be." -- David Byrne on Radiohead as he welcomed the band on stage.

8:09 p.m. David Byrne of the Talking Heads is welcomed to the stage to formally induct Radiohead.

8:04 p.m. It's going to be a LONG night of music. The ceremony has been going on for nearly an hour and we only have one out of seven inductions complete. Buckle up! We're in this for the long haul.

8:03 p.m. Radiohead is up next! A pre-recorded package highlighting their career is on screen now.

Chapter 8

Stevie Nicks

First induction of the night

8:01 p.m. "You have been a fantastic, fantastic audience. If you ever need a keynote speaker, somebody to talk to, I am your girl. I love you more than you'll ever know! Thank you so much for being so awesome!" -- Stevie Nicks.

7:56 p.m. She's offering an in-depth story about her early career.

7:49 p.m. It's official! Stevie Nicks is now in the Rock Hall as a solo artist. She has come back out on stage to accept her trophy. She's welcomed with a standing ovation.

7:45 p.m. "Her songs make you ache, feel on top of the world, make you want to dance. ... There are few people on the world stage like her. ... On Halloween, one in seven people dress as Stevie Nicks." -- Harry Styles on Stevie Nicks.

See photos of Stevie Nicks' induction:

7:41 p.m. Harry Styles returns to the stage to formally induct Stevie Nicks. He immediately pointed out that she's the first woman to be inducted for a second time. The crowd went nuts. "She is forever current. She is forever Stevie."

7:39 p.m. Stevie Nicks is making history tonight... She's the first woman to be inducted in twice. She was previously inducted with Fleetwood Mac in 1998.

7:38 p.m. And now it's time for Stevie Nicks to formally be inducted. A video package of career is being showcased right now.

7:29 p.m. Big moment... "Edge of Seventeen." She sounds AMAZING!

7:23 p.m. Stevie Nicks introduces Harry Styles of One Direction fame. She said he's there in Tom Petty's honor for her induction to perform "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." The crowd loves his blue suit.

7:18: "Leather and Lace" is next on the Stevie Nicks set list. The crowd erupted when Don Henley joined her on stage to perform. Such an epic opening moment.

7:12 p.m. The ceremony has begun! Stevie Nicks opens the show belting out "Stand Back."

Chapter 9

Before the inductions

Red carpet coverage

7:05 p.m. The lights just dimmed... A sure sign the ceremony is about to begin!

6:59 p.m. The induction ceremony is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

6:58 p.m. The scene here at the Rock Hall simulcast... This place is PACKED with rock 'n' roll fans:

6:55 p.m. A view of the new inductees' signatures etched in glowing glass at the Rock Hall:

6:25 p.m. VIP guests are arriving here at the Rock Hall to watch the simulcast live. We're set up at a media table on the main entry level of the building watching it all on a huge projection screen on the performance stage. We're in store for a long night of rock 'n' roll!

6:15 p.m. Red carpet arrivals are underway... See live coverage from the red carpet outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn:

See photos from the red carpet HERE:

Chapter 10

Closer look

Who's inducted

Is your favorite in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? We've made that search easy for you...

CLICK HERE to see the full list of everybody inducted

IN-DEPTH BIOS | Read more about each of this year's inductees

►RELATED | The Zombies' Colin Blunstone reacts to nomination for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

►RELATED | Rock Hall reaction: The Cure's Roger O'Donnell and The Zombies' Rod Argent

►ROCK ON | Listen to music from this year's class of inductees:

Chapter 11

What's next?

Inductions return to Cleveland in 2020

If you're hungry for more rock 'n' roll, Cleveland will host the 2020 induction ceremony.

Want to watch this year's induction? HBO will air an edited version on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m.

This year's inductees were selected from 15 total nominees. The nominees not making the cut this year include DEVO, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren and Rufus & Chaka Kahn.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior.

So... Who will be joining rock's hallowed halls in 2020? Nominations are expected in October.

Stay tuned...