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David Byrne and Trent Reznor to induct Radiohead and The Cure into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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David Byrne and Trent Reznor have been announced among the main speakers for the 2019 induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ahead of the ceremony taking place on March 29, it’s been confirmed that Talking Heads legend Byrne will provide a fitting introduction for Radiohead, while Nine Inch Nails frontman Reznor will do the duties for The Cure.

They’ll be joined by Harry Styles, who will induct Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, and Janelle Monae for Janet Jackson.

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Other high profile introductions including Brian May for Def Leppard, Duran Duran’s John Taylor and Simon Le Bon for Roxy Music and The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs for The Zombies.

While Byrne will introduce Radiohead, frontman Thom Yorke previously confirmed that he won’t actually be present at the ceremony.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke

Speaking to Variety in January, Yorke said that he and his bandmates have long been “very blasé” when it comes to being recognised by prize-giving organisations like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“So we don’t want to offend anyone. We just think that we just don’t quite understand it. We’ve had it explained to us, so it’s cool,” he said. “But we don’t really understand it as English people.

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“I think our problem is essentially that every awards ceremony in the UK stinks. We grew up with the Brit [Awards], which is like this sort of drunken car crash that you don’t want to get involved with.

“So, yeah, we don’t really know what to make of it.”

The band confirmed back in November 2017 that they wouldn’t be attending the 2018 ceremony had they been nominated, and Yorke’s latest comments mirror those of his bandmate Ed O’Brien, who last year said that “we don’t quite culturally understand it”.

 

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