By Sara Lepley, features staff writer
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s most recent American Music Masters Award holder proves that good things come with age.
Chuck Berry, who is still performing at 86 years old, is not a new face to the Hall of Fame. He was first inducted in 1986, only three years after the Hall of Fame’s establishment. His work and impact is once again being honored as he is now having the American Music Masters Award bestowed upon him.
The Hall of Fame is performing a weeklong celebration, completed with a special exhibit including Berry’s stage clothes, guitar and 1958 Chess Records. In addition, the Hall of Fame held a night school session spotlighting Berry, which was streamed live on their website.
Berry’s tribute to rock and roll not only as a music genre but as a culture, has been respected by his audience and his peers. This can be best summed up by John Lennon’s quote: “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’”