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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 induction ceremony: What to expect & how to watch

The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode and Notorious B.I.G. are among the eight inductees being cemented in rock ‘n’ roll history.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story is from July 8, 2020.

Rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest night will be very different this year.

Cleveland was supposed to welcome the 2020 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in May, but the celebration was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After canceling the in-person induction ceremony several months ago, the Rock Hall will instead air an HBO special in honor of the eight inductees this coming Saturday night. Below is a guide to everything you need to know before the big night.

HOW TO WATCH

The induction special airs live on HBO and HBO Max at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Here's the official trailer: 

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE HBO?

No worries! We will have live updates as the event unfolds that you can follow all night on WKYC.com or the WKYC app.

WHO’S BEING INDUCTED?

Here are the eight inductees joining rock ‘n’ roll royalty this year:

  • Depeche Mode
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Whitney Houston
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • T. Rex
  • Jon Landau
  • Irving Azoff

RELATED: Explore in-depth bios of the 2020 inductees

WHO ARE THE SPECIAL GUESTS?

Dave Grol will kick off the show with a “heartfelt introduction to this year’s inductees.” The following special guests will also highlight each inductee’s impact and influence:

  • Luke Bryan
  • Sean “Diddy” Combs
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Billy Gibbons
  • Don Henley
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Billy Idol
  • Iggy Pop
  • Alicia Keys
  • Adam Levine
  • Chris Martin
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Brad Paisely
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • St. Vincent
  • Ringo Starr
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Charlize Theron
  • Nancy Wilson

RELATED: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces list of special guests for 2020 Induction Special on HBO

VIRTUAL EVENTS BEFORE THE HBO SPECIAL

Thursday, Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m. Hall of Fame series interview with inductee Jon Landau. Listen for free on the Rock Hall’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Hall of Fame series interview with C.J. Wallace in celebration of inductee Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. Listen for free on the Rock Hall’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Friday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Nine Inch Nails conversation. Listen for free on NIN’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels.

Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6:45 p.m. 2020 Rock Hall virtual red carpet. Join host Carrie Keagan with live and pre-recorded interviews with inductees and special guests. Tune in for free on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels as well as HBO's Facebook page.

WHO'S ALREADY BEEN INDUCTED?

Explore the full list of inductees HERE.