Queen’s Brian May to induct Def Leppard into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Def Leppard with Queen's Brian May in 2000 (Image credit: Robert Knight Archive/Redferns - Getty)

In December last year, it was announced that Def Leppard would be enshrined into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as part of the Class Of 2019 (opens in new tab).

The ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, on March 29, with Def Leppard going into the Hall with Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Radiohead, Roxy Music, The Zombies and Janet Jackson.

It was first time Def Leppard had been nominated for the honour – and it’s now been confirmed that Queen guitarist Brian May will personally induct the Sheffield heroes into the Hall Of Fame.

The current Def Leppard lineup of Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen and Rick Savage are listed, along with late guitarist Steve Clark and the band’s original guitarist Pete Willis.

Upon discovering they had made it in, Elliott said (opens in new tab): “First of all, a massive thanks to all our fans and past inductees who voted for us. Congratulations to all our fellow inductees. We stand alongside some amazing artists, past and present. What an absolute honour.”

A list of the other special guests who’ll induct the other artists on the night has also been announced:

• Harry Styles will induct Stevie Nicks
• Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor will induct The Cure
• David Byrne will induct Radiohead 
• Duran Duran’s John Taylor and Simon Le Bon will induct Roxy Music
• The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs will induct The Zombies
• Janelle Monáe will induct Janet Jackson 

Def Leppard topped the annual fan vote and their inclusion means that every artist who has come top of the fan poll since it was introduced in 2013 has gone on to be inducted into the Rock Hall.

Scott Munro
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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.