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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be seeing a lot of changes now that John Sykes has replaced co-founder Jann Wenner as chairman of the organization, and one of those changes will involve the induction ceremony.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sykes revealed, “…Whether fans go to the physical building in Cleveland or see what we’re doing on Instagram or YouTube, we want to be everywhere. We have new board members. The induction ceremony will be live [on HBO] next year instead of taped. We’re also looking to do a lot more in California, because it is a cornerstone of the music business. The best time to reinvent is when you’re on top of the game. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is setting new attendance records, it has gained recognition as a true cultural institution. I think now is our chance.”

A live broadcast will certainly add an air of excitement to the induction ceremony, as well as potentially increase social media activity and interaction as people react live to the ceremony.

As far as doing more in California, Sykes’ logic behind that certainly makes sense and can only lead others to wonder if that could mean the induction ceremony might make its way out west in the future.

The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees will be announced in the coming months.

GALLERY: 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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