MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A class of seven world-changing musical icons make up the 2018 Inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame who will be honored during the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now and available www.ticketmaster.com.
The prestigious 2018 Inductees, who will bring the total Memphis Music Hall of Fame roster to 74, include (alphabetically) American rock group, The Box Tops; Grammy-winning gospel artist, O’Landa Draper; songwriter and Stax soul and R&B great, Eddie Floyd; the undisputed “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin; radio icon, member of the Memphis Mafia, George Klein; rockabilly pioneers The Rock and Roll Trio; and the godfathers of Memphis rap music, 8Ball & MJG.
The Queen of Soul’s birthplace will officially celebrate her life and music with a musical tribute before members of the Franklin family in attendance. Memphis rap pioneers, 8Ball & MJG become just the second Inductee from the rap/hip-hop genre to be inducted, a genre for which Memphis excels. The Box Tops and The Rock and Roll Trio become the 10th and 11th groups to enter The Hall. George Klein becomes the fifth radio disc jockey (counting B.B. King and Rufus Thomas). Alex Chilton becomes the second person inducted twice, and the only person inducted twice as a member of two different groups. All seven 2018 Inductees join an elite group of Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inductees including Al Green, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Justin Timberlake, Johnny Cash and 60 others.
A star-studded lineup of performers will take the nexAir Stage to honor this year’s Inductees at the annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Orchestra tickets are $50; VIP tickets (front 5 rows) are $100 and come with a Hall of Fame “swag bag” provided by MLGW and an official, limited-edition 2018 Memphis Music Hall of Fame poster produced by Memphis’ Scott Street Arts and The Artist Commons and designed by Memphis artist Rachel Briggs who has created illustrations and photography for Rolling Stone Magazine, SPIN, The Memphis Flyer, The Village Voice and many album cover projects for a litany of record companies. Briggs will be on hand at the Induction Ceremony to sign posters.
New this year, the Downtown Memphis Commission is supporting the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony by purchasing 100 tickets to distribute, while supplies last, to working musicians.
Additionally this year, Memphis Music Initiative will join with the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum to present the first ever Memphis Music Hall of Fame youth forum, “Amplify Your Opinion,” a symposium held in conjunction with the Induction Ceremony that will bring inner-city youth together with Memphis musicians, ceremony Inductees and presenters. Students who participate in Memphis Music Initiative programs will be tapped to participate in Amplify’s planning and presentation. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will present the official “Red Carpet” on Induction Ceremony night, offering attendees unique pre-show photo opportunities. Then, for those who can’t make the show, Memphis Tourism will host and produce the official “Backstage Social Suite,” providing live, worldwide feeds and social media posts throughout the ceremony, offering unique interviews with presenters, Inductees and special guests.
The 2018 Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is supported by nexAir, Southern Security Federal Credit Union, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis Tourism, and Memphis Music Initiative.
For more information, visit www.memphismusichalloffame.com.
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