2021 North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony






On Thursday, October 21, 2021, the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame (NCMHOF) will hold its 2021 Induction Ceremony at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, NC. Click below for further event information:

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Inductions take place annually at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame to honor music legends with roots in North Carolina. This year’s event will feature a “Double-Induction” in one night! Due to the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 inductees will be honored in one extravagant event.

2020 Inductees:

  • The Briarhoppers
  • Jermaine Dupri
  • Michael Mauldin
  • Charles Whitfield
  • Donald Lawrence
  • The Squirrel Nut Zippers

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

  • Tony Brown
  • Robert Flack

2021 Inductees:

  • Tony Rice
  • Robert Moog

THE BRIARHOPPERS (Charlotte, NC) – Oldest continuing bluegrass group in the world. The band formed in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1934 at WBT studios as their first house band to play live on radio.

DONALD LAWRENCE (Gastonia, NC) – Grammy Award winning gospel music songwriter, record producer, vocal coach, and recording artist who has won multiple Stellar Awards. Donald was musical director of the super talented Tri-City Singers.

CHARLES WHITFIELD (Greensboro, NC) – Music producer, executive, and A&R executive/investor of Hidden Beach Recordings and currently Manager of Community Relations at Lowe’s Companies Inc.

JERMAINE DUPRI (Asheville, NC) – Grammy Award winning producer, hip-hop artist, songwriter, and record executive. Dupri is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and is known for his successful record label So So Def.

MICHAEL T MAULDIN (Murphy, NC) – Co-Founder of the Black American Music Association as well as Co-Founder of the Black Music Entertainment Walk of Fame. Former President of the Black Music division at Columbia Records, and former Senior VP of the Columbia Record Group, entertainment executive and live event producer and CEO of Scream Nation, a concert venture with Live Nation Entertainment. He is a talent manager and father of recording artist/producer/songwriter and fellow inductee Jermaine Durpi.

THE SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS (Chapel Hill, NC) – Jazz band formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina who reached commercial success during the swing revival during the late 1990’s. Appearances by the group included the Presidential inaugural ball and television shows such as The Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

TONY RICE (Reidsville, NC) – Award winning guitarist, bluegrass musician, singer, and composer. Rice redefined bluegrass guitar playing and left a lasting print on the genre.

ROBERT MOOG (Asheville, NC) – Engineering physicist and pioneer of electronic music for more than 50 years. Moog was the founder of Moog Music and the inventor of the first commercial synthesizer, the Moog synthesizer, which debuted in 1964 and revolutionized every genre of music.

The Hall has also selected two past inductees who will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Tony Brown and Roberta Flack will be recognized for their lifetime of achievements in the music industry and their massive contributions to American music over several decades.

TONY BROWN (Greensboro, NC) – Grammy award winning record producer and pianist, known primarily for his work in country music. Brown co-founded Universal South Records and is the former President of MCA Records Nashville—a title he held for nearly a decade. Brown produced numerous hits by artist like George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Vince Gill. He has won seven Academy of Country Music awards, including Producer of the Year, multiple CMA awards, and he has many gold, platinum, and multi-platinum album credits.

ROBERTA FLACK (Black Mountain, NC) – Grammy award winning singer-songwriter who is the only solo artist to win a Grammy for Record of the Year for two consecutive years. Roberta Flack is a humanitarian, mentor, and founded the Roberta Flack School of Music at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, providing an innovative and inspiring music education program to underprivileged students free of charge. She also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

Tickets: $60 each

All attendees are VIP’s at this years event! Guests will enjoy watching the pre-ceremony Red Carpet arrivals, then the 7:00pm Induction Ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, NC and will feature each inductee’s acceptance of their induction, video presentations, and live performances. A full list of live performances will be released soon! Please note the change for 2021: there will be no pre-ceremony reception.

Please have your tickets available for entrance and re-entry at the Gem Theatre. Doors open at 6:00 pm. All tickets are general seating which includes the main floor and balcony seats. The balcony is only accessed by stairs, no elevators are available. If you need special handicap seating please call the NCMHOF Museum: (704) 934-2320.

Have dinner before to the Induction Ceremony! Attendees may make dinner reservations for their guests at Chophouse 101.  Book Your Dinner Reservation For BEFORE the Ceremony Here  Reservations are coordinated by the restaurant.

Cash Bar will be available to all attendees before, during, and after the Induction Ceremony.

Dinner reservations after the Induction Ceremony are based upon availability. You will be contacted if there is availability. Request A Dinner Reservation AFTER the Ceremony Here

Chophouse 101 Restaurant
101 West Avenue | Kannapolis, NC
(704) 933-2799
Beside the Gem Theatre

Each year, some of our current and past NCMHOF inductees perform live at the ceremony. Full list TBA soon!

Discounted room rates have been provided for Hall of Fame guests by our local partner hotels. A full list of hotels will be available soon.


Who is being inducted as part of the 2020 and 2021 classes?

2020 Inductees: The Briarhoppers, Jermaine Dupri, Michael Mauldin, Charles Whitfield, Donald Lawrence, The Squirrel Nut Zippers.

2021 Inductees: Tony Rice & Robert Moog.

The Hall of Fame is also presenting Lifetime Achievement Awards to our past inductees who have achieved a lifetime of success in the music industry. Lifetime Achievement Recipients: Tony Brown & Roberta Flack.

Read more about our inductees: NorthCarolinaMusicHallofFame.org/induction2021

What is an Induction Ceremony?

Our annual Induction Ceremony is a commemorative occasion where music industry professionals, 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 list of performances TBA.

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 an educational, entertaining and historical event that no one will want to miss!

What are my parking options getting to the event?

Guests attending the event should park in the designated areas in the downtown area. Click here for the downtown Kannapolis Parking Map.

What should I wear?

Dress code for all attendees is Black Tie Optional.

Is seating reserved?

No. For the 2021 Induction Ceremony all guests may choose their seats upon arrival.

Will there be concessions at the ceremony?

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

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Cameras are allowed at the red carpet & ceremony. NO smoking at the venues. NO outside food or beverages are allowed. NO pets.

Are the event venues handicap accessible? 

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.

Will there be a meet & greet with the inductees?

This year, due to the health and safety of everyone during this unpredictable time, there are currently no scheduled meet & greet sessions. Inductees are scheduled to attend the Induction Ceremony at the Gem Theatre. If circumstances prevent an inductee from attending, they will be honored and inducted into the Hall of Fame by a representative who will accept the induction on their behalf.

Where is Chophouse 101?

Chophouse 101 is located beside the Gem Theatre within walking distance. They are now accepting reservations exclusively for guests attending the 2021 Induction Ceremony. Chophouse 101 will be open after the Induction Ceremony upon availability. You must have a reservation for a meal. All reservations are coordinated by the restaurant. The cash bar in the restaurant will be open before, during, and after the ceremony for attendees.

What are your COVID policies?

The venue policy along with state & local guidelines, at the time of this event, will be followed. Guests will be highly encouraged to wear masks indoors and event capacity will be reduced to approximately 40%. No testing or proof of vaccination will be required.  All attendees will be asked to practice social distancing.

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. Due to the pandemic, if for any reason the Induction Ceremony and/or Concert events are canceled or if the inductees are not in attendance, there will be no refunds. When purchasing your ticket, you will be asked to confirm this information.

By purchasing a ticket to the 2021 Induction Ceremony and/or Concert, 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.

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