Aretha Franklin, The Box Tops, Eddie Floyd and Four Others Announced for Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2018 Induction

September 26th, 2018

Thursday, November 1 @ 7:00 pm

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

A class of seven world-changing musical icons make up the 2018 Inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. They will be honored at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now and are available at TicketMaster, or by clicking the graphic above.


The 2018 Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is supported by nexAir, Southern Security Federal Credit Union, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis Tourism, and Memphis Music Initiative.

The prestigious 2018 Inductees, who will bring the total Memphis Music Hall of Fame roster to 74, include (alphabetically), blue-eyed soul and American rock group, The Box Tops, Grammy-winning gospel artist, O’Landa Draper, songwriter and Stax soul and R&B great, Eddie Floyd, the undisputed “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, radio icon, member of the Memphis Mafia, George Klein, rockabilly pioneers The Rock and Roll Trio, and the godfather’s of Memphis rap music, 8Ball & MJG. This year’s line-up of Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inductees continues to highlight the great diversity of Memphis’ many musical genres.

The Queen of Soul’s birthplace will officially celebrate her life and music at the 2018 Memphis Music Hall of Fame ceremony with a spectacular musical tribute before members of the Franklin family in attendance. Franklin passed away on August 16 after an extended illness. Memphis rap pioneers, 8Ball & MJG, become just the second Inductee from the rap/hip-hop genre to be inducted, a genre for which Memphis excels. The Box Tops and The Rock and Roll Trio become the tenth and eleventh groups to enter The Hall. George Klein becomes the fifth radio disc jockey (counting B.B. King and Rufus Thomas). Alex Chilton becomes just the second person inducted twice, and the only person inducted twice as a member of two different groups. All seven 2018 Inductees join an elite group of world-changing Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inductees which already includes Al Green, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, Justin Timberlake, Johnny Cash and sixty others.

A star-studded lineup of performers will take to the nexAir Stage at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. to honor this year’s Inductees at the annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Orchestra tickets are $50; VIP tickets (front 5 rows) are $100 and come with a Hall of Fame “swag bag” provided by MLGW and an official, limited-edition 2018 Memphis Music Hall of Fame poster produced by Memphis’ Scott Street Arts and The Artist Commons, designed by Memphis artist Rachel Briggs who has created illustrations and photography for Rolling Stone Magazine, SPIN, The Memphis Flyer, The Village Voice, and many album cover projects for a litany of record companies. Briggs will be on hand at the Induction Ceremony to sign posters.

New this year, the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) is supporting the November 1 Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony by purchasing 100 tickets to distribute, while supplies last, to working musicians. “We agree with the Hall of Fame that our rich musical history is complemented by an unequaled, vibrant and growing contemporary music scene which makes Memphis unrivaled as a music city,” said Jennifer Oswalt, DMC President. “We believe that the creators of today’s unique Memphis sound should join in this celebration, and the Downtown Memphis Commission is happy to assist in that goal.” Additionally this year, Memphis Music Initiative will join with the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum to present the first ever Memphis Music Hall of Fame youth forum, “Amplify Your Opinion,” a symposium held in conjunction with the Induction Ceremony that will bring inner-city youth together with Memphis musicians, ceremony Inductees and presenters. Students who participate in Memphis Music Initiative programs will be tapped to participate in “Amplify’s” planning and presentation. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will present the official “Red Carpet” on Induction Ceremony night, offering attendees unique pre-show photo opportunities. Then, for those who can’t make the show, Memphis Tourism will host and produce the official “Backstage Social Suite,” providing live, worldwide feeds and social media posts throughout the ceremony, offering unique interviews with presenters, Inductees and special guests.

“The Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony has developed into the greatest annual celebration of Memphis music. Audiences have come to expect rousing performances which embrace our city’s many genres of music and celebrate the musical greats who made them legendary,” says John Doyle, Executive Director of the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. “This year’s concert and the iconic list of Inductees will raise those expectations even higher. Just imagine an evening that goes from the influential beats of 8Ball & MJG to a roof-raising choir celebrating O’Landa Draper. Plus, when Aretha Franklin’s birthplace presents its official celebration of her life and music, the Cannon Center will explode.”

More information about the 2018 Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Memphis Music Hall of Fame Museum located at Second and Beale Streets, and The Hall’s world changing inductees, visit

« Back

Back to top
Events Locations Parking