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If you’re wondering why you’ll see Drew Barrymore enshrining iconic ’80s girl group the Go-Go’s into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 at the induction ceremony airing on HBO Saturday, well, it’s not because the actress and now talk-show host has released five new-wave albums that you don’t know about.

“Drew is a true fan — she’s a real Go-Go’s kid,”The Post interviewed Gina Schock, drummer. “She’s been coming to Go-Go’s shows since she was a little kid. I mean, I remember walking offstage and seeing her standing on the side of the stage with a big smile — her and her mom. And even as an adult, she would be at our shows. After all these years, she still feels strongly enough about the band to want to induct us.”

When you look at Rock Hall induction 2021 ceremony — which was taped a few weeks ago at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — some of the pairings seem more natural. Taylor Swift inducted one of her female singer-songwriter heroes, Carole King, while Angela Bassett did the honors for Tina Turner, who the actress famously played in 1993’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” But inductors needn’t be fellow musicians or artists who were clearly inspired by the honoree. They could also be friends or fans.

Drew Barrymore enshrines the Go-Go’s at the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, airing Saturday on HBO.Getty Images for The Rock and Ro

“When you have Trent Reznor inducting the Cure [in 2019], it’s great because he could talk so deeply about how much the Cure influenced him,”Joel Peresman is president of RRHOF. “You look for some of those connections. But a lot of times you look for someone that’s in popular culture that can kind of talk about why this artist is important and why they’re a fan. You want to sometimes bring a little different perspective as opposed to necessarily another musician.”

Charlize Thon inducted Depeche Mode into the ranks last year after the band mentioned that she was a big Fan. David Letterman spoke out about his personal connection to Pearl Jam, bringing out a guitar Eddie Vedder had gifted his son years earlier. Howard Stern also paid tribute to Bon Jonovi in 2018, after being personally enlisted. “They’re big, big friends,”Peresman stated, “and Howard at heart is a real rock ’n’ roll guy.”

David Letterman inducted Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.FilmMagic

Howard Stern inducted Boni Jovi into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.Getty Images For The Rock and Ro

At this year’s event, Dave Chappelle inducting Jay-Z reflected the hip-hop impresario’s broader cultural impact. And it’s certainly more surprising than Drake or, for that matter, Kanye West would have been.

“We knew that they both have respect for each other, and we knew that Dave was a big hip-hop fan, a big fan of Jay-Z’s,”Peresman. “We reached out to Dave, and he agreed immediately.”

Peresman also mentioned Jay-Z “was all in”About the comedian who was chosen months prior to the controversy surrounding his Netflix special containing transphobic comments “The Closer.”Chappelle briefly mentioned the controversy at the start of his speech. But, Peresman stated, “The controversy is not the end of the world.” “focus [was] on Jay-Z and the importance of him being inducted — and nothing else.”

Stevie Nicks and Harry Styles bow down at the 2019 Rock Hall Induction CeremonyGetty Images for The Rock and Ro

Sometimes — such as when David Byrne enshrined Radiohead in 2019 — the honorees are ushered in by their own idols, rather than the other way around. That’s also the case with Paul McCartney inducting the Foo Fighters this year. “The Foo Fighters were huge Beatles fans, and there’s a good connection and a friendship between the band — especially Dave [Grohl] — and Paul,”Peresman. 

In other instances, it’s a way to bring in younger viewers and school them on a certified rock legend — such as when Harry Styles inducted Stevie Nicks two years ago. “When we dug around, we found out that he was a huge Stevie Nicks fan,”Peresman.

Even with the best idea, sometimes it is just about availability with celebrities who can often be booked months ahead. Peresman stated that there is one rule that applies to all events: “We try to find a person that the inductee doesn’t hate.”

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