Taylor Swift to Induct Carole King at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Tina Turner, JAY-Z, The Go-Go's, Clarence Avant and the Foo Fighters are also being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year

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Taylor Swift is doing the honors of inducting Carole King into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Swift, 31, will induct the 79-year-old singer and songwriter behind hits like "You've Got a Friend" and "It's Too Late" at the 36th annual ceremony later this month. Swift and Jennifer Hudson will perform during King's induction, according to a Monday press release.

At the special event, Angela Bassett will induct Tina Turner into the Hall of Fame after playing the music icon in the 1993 film What's Love Got to Do With It? Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R. and Bryan Adams will also be on hand to celebrate the Queen of Rock, and perform during her induction.

Other celebrity presenters include Drew Barrymore, who will induct the The Go-Go's, Lionel Richie, who will induct Clarence Avant, and Paul McCartney, who will induct the Foo Fighters.

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McCartney, who was inducted with The Beatles in 1988, was later inducted as a solo artist in 1999. When he inducts the Foo Fighters, he'll be sharing the two-time honor with frontman Dave Grohl, who was inducted with Nirvana in 2014 and will receive the honor for a second time with the Foo Fighters.

In other celebrated names, JAY-Z and Todd Rundgren will also be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. Honorees for musical excellence include LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads, while Kraftwerk, Charley Patton and Gil Scott-Heron are being recognized for early influence.

Avant will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is given to a "non-performing industry professional" who has had "a major influence on the creative development and growth of rock & roll and music that has impacted youth culture."

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame first announced this year's class of inductees in May, then calling the honorees "the most diverse list of Inductees in the history of the organization."

Last year, the ceremony went virtual due to COVID-19, and instead honored inductees during a special broadcast on HBO.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Oct. 30, at Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse arena. An induction ceremony special will air Nov. 20 and will be available to watch on HBO and HBO Max. The ceremony will also be broadcast on SiriusXM channels Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio and Volume.

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