Former president George W. Bush, The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, Chelsea Handler and Gov. Phil Murphy will be among the participants in the 13th annual New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, a one-hour event that will premiere at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 on the My9NJ television network and on the Hall of Fame’s YouTube and Facebook pages, with re-airings on Oct. 17, 23 and 24, as well as broadcasts on NJ PBS on Oct. 20 and 22-23.
Bush will presumably speak about the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, a Trenton native. Richards is likely to talk about the late Sarah Dash, also of Trenton, who opened for the Stones in the ’60s as a member of Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles and later sang on Rolling Stones albums and recorded and toured with Richards’ band X-pensive Winos.
Performers will include jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli (presumably paying tribute to George Benson of Englewood); and Rory O’Malley, who appeared in “Hamilton” on Broadway and is likely to pay tribute to Alexander Hamilton himself, who will be inducted in the Public Service category.
Actor Danny DeVito will host the ceremony, and other participants will include Dash’s Labelle bandmates Patti LaBelle and Nona Hendryx, Quincy Jones, Robin Roberts, Judith Light, Al Leiter and New Jersey First Lady Tammy Snyder-Murphy.
Joining Scalia, Dash, Hamilton and Benson in the Class of 2021 are:
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Dorothea Lange, Hoboken
Anne Morrow Lindbergh*, Englewood
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Princeton
Madeline McWhinney Dale*, Middletown
Madame Louise Scott*, Newark
Paul Volcker*, Teaneck
Sara Spencer Washington*, Atlantic City
Val Ackerman, Pennington
Monte Irvin*, Orange
Margaret Bancroft*, Haddonfield
David Mixner, Elmer
William Paterson*, South Branch
Gustave F. Perna, Rockaway
Asterisks (*) denote those who are being inducted posthumously.
The ceremony will also honor Sept. 11 first responders who later became ill and passed away.
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