The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees include female performers who are allies to the LGBTI community. One such inductee is the legendary Janet Jackson. And what’s more: pansexual music icon Janelle Monáe will be the one inducting Jackson.
‘In a fabulous display of one generation honoring the former that inspired them and their own work, Janelle Monáe will be presenting Jackson with the coveted honor,’ writes Tonja Renée Stidhum for The Root. ‘Talk about giving flowers to those who came before you and paved the way—Monáe is a perfect choice, as the sex positivity displayed in her latest work Dirty Computer is somewhat reminiscent of Control-era Jackson’s self-actualization.’
Janelle Monáe, who came out as pansexual last year, dedicated her recent Grammy nominations to her ‘trans brothers and sisters.’ She will soon delve into acting as well, with her role as iconic feminist Dorothy Pitman Hughes in the upcoming Gloria Steinem biopic.
2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony
According to HBO’s press release, the complete lineup for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is as follows:
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, presenting for The Cure
Brian May of Queen, presenting for Def Leppard
Janelle Monáe, presenting for Janet Jackson
Harry Styles, presenting for Stevie Nicks
David Byrne, presenting for Radiohead
John Taylor and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, presenting for Roxy Music
Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, presenting for The Zombies
HBO will be exclusively airing the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The show airs on 27 April at 8:00 PM EST. It will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand, and other partnering streaming services.