Depeche Mode was inducted into Rock Hall 2020 (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020)
Synthpop legends Depeche Mode were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the evening of November 7, 2020. The ceremony took place online. It was originally scheduled at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2, but the pandemic has made adjustments.
The ceremony trailer…
Charlize Theron presented Depeche Mode
The group was announced by actress Charlize Theron. She inducted electronic music pioneers Depeche Mode into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, enthusiastically proclaiming the band's music as the soundtrack of her life:
“Depeche Mode is the soundtrack of my youth. I'm not kidding - they had a song for literally every occasion in my life: my first date, my first trip from South Africa, and of course, the first time my heart was broken. And so when I finally saw them live a couple of years ago, it was like an epic slap in the face of nostalgia. But more than that, when I was at the concert, I realized what else I like about their music: they glorify outsiders. Their music brings people from all walks of life together and makes them accept themselves as they are. The music gives them the feeling that "it's okay to be different". It really hit me at the concert. I was moved to tears. I came home, I told my daughters about it, and I was pissed as hell because I don't usually go to rock concerts to cry. But honestly, it speaks to the tremendous power that Depeche Mode have had over the years. It also explains why, when I had the opportunity to choose a few songs for the Atomic Blonde soundtrack, they were at the top of my list. No wonder they're inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - they should have been there 20 years ago if it was up to me. But what an incredibly well-deserved honor. Thank you guys for being the soundtrack to my life."
The band hosted the award with Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, who thank their brothers and former bandmates Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder, who sadly didn't make an appearance.
Depeche Mode were first inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006 and have since been nominated three times for their work: "Black Celebration" (1986), "Music for the Mass" (1987) and "Violator" (1990). The British band's combination of rock and electronic elements, dark sensibilities and a wide palette of experiences has always attracted fans of the band, like Theron, who said that "their music brings people from all walks of life together."
Full Depeche Mode Introduction Ceremony
Depeche Mode have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Nine Inch Nails, Whitney Houston, The Notorious BIG, T. Rex and The Doobie Brothers, as well as renowned managers Jon Landau and Iving Azoff.