Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Opens New Exhibit Celebrating Contemporary Artists


Exhibit Features Display of Items and Clothing from Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The Black Keys and Fall Out Boy Among Others 

CLEVELAND (July 1, 2014) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces the opening of a new exhibit celebrating today’s most popular music artists. Right Here, Right Now takes a look at the evolution of rock and roll and its impact on the next generation of artists by taking visitors on an intimate journey into the stories of chart-topping acts as told through their personal items and clothing from iconic performances. The exhibit features thought-provoking text panels and interactive displays where visitors can see and hear how these contemporary artists have made an impact during the new millennium. 

The Black Keys, Bruno Mars, Fall Out Boy, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Grace Potter and Rihanna will have items on display. Right Here, Right Now is one of several new exhibits at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which currently include Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, and the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Exhibit.  

Artists represented in the exhibit include:

 Lady Gaga Outfit, 2009

Design by Nasir Mazhar

Lady Gaga wore this outfit in the video for “Bad Romance.” Lady Gaga has said that “Bad Romance,” which reached Number One on the pop and dance charts, is her favorite of her songs. She is a huge fan of Freddie Mercury of Queen and adopts the stage name Lady Gaga after the Queen song, “Radio Ga Ga,” in 2005. Gaga is influenced in style and sound by David Bowie and Madonna and Pop artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol. Her rise to fame has made her a hugely influential superstar with creative music videos, elaborate stage shows, alter egos and unique artistic collaborations.

 Bruno Mars Tuxedo, 2012

Design by Dolce and Gabbana

Bruno Mars wore this tuxedo during his performance of “Runaway Baby” at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Besides Elvis Presley, Mars cites influences ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown and Jackie Wilson. Mars’ taut, rhythmically-charged style has drawn comparisons to the Police and his fashion sense, shimmering tenor voice and fluid dance moves evoke Michael Jackson.

 Rihanna Outfit, 2009

Rihanna wore this outfit in her video for the song “Rude Boy.” Taken from her 2009 album Rated R, the single reached Number One. She signs with the Def Jam label at age 16. Reflecting her Caribbean roots, her early work is largely inspired by reggae, dancehall and soca music. Rihanna cites Madonna as her biggest influence, and is heavily influenced by fellow Caribbean artist Bob Marley.

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys Amplifier, Hat and Tip Jar, c. 1995

Hog 20 by Pignose

Dan Auerbach honed his performance skills by busking on the streets of his hometown, Akron, Ohio.  The duo’s stripped-down, soulful, elemental blues sound reflects their influences, which are mostly first generation blues artists. “I would raid my father’s record collection,” Auerbach says. “He had a lot of old blues albums – like Robert Johnson, Son House, Robert Nighthawk, Junior Kimbrough, and T-Model Ford.” 

Katy Perry Dress, 2011

Design by The Blonds

Katy Perry wore this dress on her California Dreams tour in 2011. She wore it while performing “Teenage Dream,” “Hummingbird Heartbeat” and “Waking Up in Vegas.”  Perry lists Queen as top among her influences. “Queen’s track ‘Killer Queen’ made me discover music and helped me come into my own at the age of 15,” Perry says. “The way Freddie Mercury delivered his lyrics just made me feel like a confident woman; I’d say his fingerprint is all over me.” Perry’s work is also influenced by Carole KingJoni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt. 

Fall Out Boy Clothing, 2014

Collection of Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy’s fifth studio album, Save Rock and Roll, was released in 2013 and featured guest appearances by 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Tommy Lee of Motley Crüe, Courtney Love and Elton John. This clothing was worn by the band in the Young Blood Chronicles, a series of 11 videos corresponding to each of Save Rock and Roll’s songs. Wentz names Metallica and its 1986 album Master of Puppets as the record that is probably his “single biggest influence.”

For more information on exhibits at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, visit

rockhallAbout the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:

 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities.




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