2019 North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony




On Thursday October 17, 2019, the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame (NCMHOF) will hold it’s 2019 Induction Ceremony at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, NC. Click below for further event information:

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
VIP Cocktail Reception
(for VIP ticket holders and inductees)
The Laureate Center at Kannapolis City Hall
401 Laureate Way | Kannapolis, NC, 28081.

7:15 PM – 10:30 PM
Induction Ceremony
The Historic Gem Theater
111 W 1st St | Kannapolis, NC 28081

10:30 PM – until
After party (for all ticket holders)
North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Museum
600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd | Kannapolis, NC 28081

General Admission attendees will enjoy the Induction Ceremony (only) which begins at 7:15pm. Please have your tickets available for entrance and re-entry at the Gem Theatre. Doors open at 6:30pm. General admission seats include balcony seats. Balcony is only accessed by stairs, there are no elevators in the building. Restrooms are located upstairs.

For VIP’s there will be a VIP Reception at Kannapolis City Hall from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Hor d’Oeuvres will be served. Inductees will attend the reception as their schedules allow. Following the VIP Reception, VIP guests will move to the Gem Theatre where the actual Induction Ceremony program will begin at 7:15pm. Trolleys will be available for VIP guests before and after the ceremony.

VIP Reception Location:
401 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Discounted room rates have been provided for Hall of Fame guests by our local partner hotels. These special discounted room rates will be available to all Induction Ceremony attendees. Ask for the NC Music Hall of Fame group rate when booking. Both hotels are located 3 miles from the NCMHOF Museum & event venues.

Hampton Inn by Hilton Concord/Kannapolis – Exit 63 off I-85
612 Dickens Place NE, Concord, NC 28025
Book by: October 2nd

Who is being inducted this year?

Elizabeth Cotten
Big Daddy Kane
9th Wonder
Merle Watson
Mitch Easter

We are also highlighting past inductees at the Ceremony this year in honor of NC Governor Roy Cooper’s declaration of NC’s “Year of Music”. 2019 highlight guests who will be in attendance are: Kellie Pickler & Pastor Shirley Caesar! Governor Roy Cooper’s declaration: NCArts.org

Read about our Press Conference Announcing the 2019 inductees with Secretary Suzi Hamilton of the NC Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources: NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org

What is an induction ceremony?

Our annual induction ceremonies are a commemorative occasion in which those in the music industry who have made an impact on American Music, are introduced as new members of our Hall of Fame. Inductees that enter the NCMHOF have reached national recognition in their field of at least 10 years and they have roots in North Carolina. The ceremony reflects an awards show format which includes inductees accepting their induction, an insightful history of their careers, and performances by some of the inductees. Living inductees may be in attendance to accept their induction, whereas deceased inductees will have someone accepting on their behalf.

Will there be live performances at the ceremony?

Yes! Many of our inductees will perform. Full schedule of performances to be released soon.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You MUST show your tickets at the door! All tickets will be scanned at the door. You may bring your printed ticket OR show your digital ticket on your smartphone.

Is there an age limit to enter the event?

No. Our annual induction event welcomes all ages. This is a very educational, entertaining and historical event that no one will want to miss!

What are my parking options getting to the event?

Guests attending the VIP Reception should park near the Kannapolis City Hall. Those designated areas are along Laureate Way. Trolleys will be available for VIP guests to move between the GEM Theatre and City Hall. Trolleys are for VIP guests only.

General admission attendees should park near the Gem Theatre using the designated parking areas on Main Street.

What should I wear?

Dress code for all attendees is Black Tie Optional.

Will there be concessions at the ceremony?

Yes. The Gem Theatre concession stand will have sodas, candy, and their famous popcorn.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Cameras are allowed at the reception and ceremony.
Please, no smoking at the venues.
NO outside food or beverages are allowed in the NCMHOF & Curb Museum.

Are the event venues handicap accessible?

The VIP Reception area at Kannapolis City Hall and the NCMHOF Museum are handicap accessible. However, handicap guests will not have access to an elevator at the Gem Theatre. The Gem Theatre balcony seating is accessed ONLY from stairs. Limited handicap seating is available on the floor level at the Gem, please call 704-934-2320 for more information or assistance finding a handicap seat.

What is your refund policy?

Sorry, all tickets are nonrefundable. There will be no exceptions for refunds. There are no rain dates for this event nor any substitutes for tickets

By purchasing a ticket to the 2019 Induction Ceremony, I hereby grant the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, Inc. the irrevocable right and permission to use photographs and or video recordings of me and/or my
child for websites and in publications, promotional flyers, educational materials, derivative works, or for promotional purposes only.

I understand and agree that such photographs and or video recordings of me may be placed on the internet. I waive the right to approve the final product. I agree that all such portraits, pictures, photographs, video and audio recordings, and any reproductions thereof, and all plates, negatives, recording tapes and digital files are all and shall remain the property of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, Inc.

I hereby release, acquit and forever discharge the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, Inc., its current and former trustees, agents, officers, sponsors, and employees of the above named entities from any and all claims, demands, rights, promises, damages and liabilities arising out of or in connection with the use or distribution of said photographs and or video recordings, including but not limited to any claims for invasion of privacy, appropriation of likeness or defamation.

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