Justin Timberlake, Scotty Moore, Sam & Dave are among this weekend's honorees
With an inductee line-up that includes blues legends, rock ‘n’ roll innovators, soul and country icons and one of the most successful recording artists today, there’s no telling what surprises are in store for the Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony this weekend at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.
The evening’s festivities, as usual, will center around top-notch musical performances and tributes, with honorees Justin Timberlake, Sam Moore and Scotty Moore all scheduled to appear. The induction ceremony will be produced again by Royal Studios’ Boo Mitchell and he’ll bring back the inimitable Hi Rhythm Section to serve as house band for the evening. Plus the annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame ceremony got even more star-studded as event organisers added Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who will be on hand to induct Elvis Presley sideman and rockabilly guitar great Scotty Moore.
In the Hall of Fame’s fourth year, the inductee list is as diverse as ever – blues singer-songwriter Alberta Hunter, “The Human Timekeeper” Al Jackson, Jr., bluesman Memphis Slim, pioneering rock guitarist Scotty Moore, acclaimed country artist Charlie Rich, legendary soul duo Sam & Dave and Actor and Musician Justin Timberlake – and they join 47 previous inductees including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Big Star, Chips Moman, Carl Perkins, Sam Phillips, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf and other world-changing musicians, bringing the total number of inductees to 54.
The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum administers the annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame announcement and induction, in cooperation with Memphis’ many music organisations and attractions. This is the fourth year that icons of Memphis music have been inducted. Each year, inductees are honoured and celebrated through their own dedicated tribute page on the Memphis Music Hall of Fame’s award-winning website, memphismusichalloffame.com, and each receives the Mike Curb Award, a locally hand-crafted trophy and the official award of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
The Memphis Music Hall of Fame museum is located at 126 Beale Street between the Hard Rock Café and Lansky Clothiers. The museum is an educational, interactive experience that allows guests to individually connect and relate with Memphis’ many legendary musical icons of past and present. The museum also showcases priceless memorabilia from many Hall of Fame inductees, including items supplied by Hard Rock Cafe through the two attractions’ unique partnership. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, visit memphismusichalloffame.com. For more information about the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum visit memphisrocknsoul.org.