Comedian/actor Marlon Wayans to host Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Marlon Wayans PhotoWhat was already set to be a night of incredible music is shaping up to be a night of incredible entertainment: the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is excited to announce that comedian/actor Marlon Wayans will host its 2014 induction ceremony November 6 at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.

“This is gonna be a blast,” Wayans said. “Sharing a stage with legends like Ann Peebles and Al Bell will be outrageous,” said Wayans.  “We grew up with so many of those great Memphis hits played throughout our home. My brothers would try to emulate Al Green – but for me, how bad ass was Isaac Hayes, making vests outta chains? I can’t wait. This is gonna be a wild evening in Memphis, Tennessee.”

Wayans is known for blockbuster film roles in titles like Scary Movie, Don’t Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Mo Money, Requiem for a Dream, Marmaduke, The Heat and more. Wayans has appeared on several popular television programs, including Fox’s “In Living Color,” Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital,” BET’s “Second Generation Wayans,” and The WB’s “The Wayan’s Bros.”, which was the highest rated comedy on The WB. Wayans can soon be seen in Openroad Film’s comedy A Haunted House 2, the sequel to the hilarious and successful A Haunted House. This year, TBS launched the new comedy competition series, “Funniest Wins,” hosted by Wayans.

“We were honored that Marlon wanted to play a role as we honor Memphis’ musical legends,” said John Doyle, Executive Director of the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. “This speaks to what the Hall of Fame tribute is all about. Whether you’re a student from Sweden, a housewife from Brooklyn, or a young actor like Wayans who’s films have grossed more than $7 million, in some way or another, Memphis music, including the music of this year’s inductees, has had an impact on your life. I think he’ll express that sentiment, and make it a fun evening for all while doing it.”

As emcee, Wayans will bring his trademark humor to what is already a jam-packed evening of music. Tribute performances announced earlier this week include GRAMMY® and Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore of legendary soul recording group Sam & Dave paying tribute to Ann Peebles; a tribute to the late Jesse Winchester by six-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally; Queen of the Blues and Blues Hall of Famer Denise LaSalle paying tribute to Carl Perkins; multi-platinum recording artist and Grand Ole Opry member B.J. Thomas paying tribute to Chips Moman; a performance by Big Star revival members Ken Stringfellow of R.E.M. and Jon Auer of The Posies alongside the only remaining original band member Jody Stephens to celebrate both Big Star and the induction of Ardent Studios founder John Fry; William Bell and Al Kapone fresh off the success of their documentary film Take Me to the River honoring former Stax Records chief Al Bell; among others.

Tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are $50 per person, or $100 per person for Gold Circle seating which also includes attendance to the post-concert VIP reception (these seats are very limited). Tickets are inclusive of Ticketmaster fees. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Additional information is also available by contacting Pam Parham at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum at (901) 205-2530 or at pam@memphisrocknsoul.org.

The 2014 Inductees join 38 previous inductees, including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf and other world-changing musicians, bringing the total number of inductees to 47.

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum administers the annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame announcement and induction, in cooperation with Memphis’ many music organizations and attractions. This is the third year that icons of Memphis music have been inducted. Each year, inductees are honored and celebrated through their own dedicated tribute page on the Memphis Music Hall of Fame’s award-winning web site (www.memphismusichalloffame.com), and each receives the Mike Curb Award, a locally hand-crafted trophy and the official award of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

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