Rolling Stone: Flashback: Metallica Tear Through ‘Master of Puppets’ at 2009 Hall of Fame Ceremony
Most of the induction ceremonies in the first 25 years of the Hall of Fame were held in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom in New York City. It was an intimate, black-tie event for industry insiders, but in 2009, the Hall changed course by staging the event at Public Hall to a capacity crowd. Jeff Beck, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, Run-DMC, and Bobby Womack entered the Hall of Fame that night. It was such a huge success that the Hall of Fame said goodbye to the Waldorf after the 2011 event and permanently moved the ceremony to large venues where the public would have a chance to share in the fun.