Elton John will perform at the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday (November 3), at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in a rare live performance after his recent retirement from touring. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced on social media that “nearly 30 years after his own Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, 1994 Inductee and absolute icon [Elton John] will perform in honor of the [2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame] inductees, live, Nov 3.”
John’s performance will probably pay tribute to George Michael, a 2023 inductee who passed away in 2016. John and Michael collaborated in 1991 on his smash single from 1974, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” The song’s original composition was co-written by veteran songwriter Bernie Taupin and John. It was included on John’s eighth album, Caribou, and reached its highest point on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 2. When John and Michael’s version was released, it reached No. 1 on the international charts and the top of the Billboard charts.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will posthumously induct Michael this year, along with Willie Nelson, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, The Spinners, and Rage Against the Machine. Four artists that were nominated for the first time are among the 2023 inductees: Nelson, Elliott, Crow, and Michael. The Musical Influence Award will also go to DJ Kool Herc and Link Wray. Chaka Khan, Al Kooper, and Bernie Taupin will receive the Musical Excellence Award, while the late Don Cornelius will get the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The many sounds and continuing strength of rock ‘n’ roll are demonstrated by this historic live stream on Disney+ and special on ABC, according to John Sykes, chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. The annual live Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction has developed into music’s highest award over the past three decades, honoring the performers who have transformed music forever and defined generations. Along with the inductees John, Crow, Elliott, Khan, and Nelson, other performers set for the ceremony include Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile, New Edition, St. Vincent, Chris Stapleton, and H.E.R.
Inductees this year “reflect the diverse artists and sounds that define rock and roll,” according to Sykes. The 90th birthday of Willie Nelson and the 50th anniversary of the invention of hip-hop coincide with this November’s induction ceremony in New York, which is an honor. On November 3, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame show will be live streamed on Disney+, and on January 1, 2024, it will be broadcast on ABC.