Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Install Beyoncé Exhibit as Cleveland's Hot Streak Continues

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LeBron James. Drew Carey. Betty White. Cleveland, Ohio has attracted more celebrities than it has any right to. Now, Beyoncé joins their ranks – or, at least, her clothes do.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced today that our Queen decided not to take her old clothes to Goodwill and would instead allow the Cleveland museum to put them on display in a new exhibit. Having transformed herself several times over, from an insane and infatuated woman to an independent diva and more, Beyoncé has shed plenty of iconic skins. Starting Tuesday, the denizens of northern Ohio will be able to view (but not touch) these shreds of greatness whenever they want.

Beyoncé's exhibit will be installed in the Legends of Rock section, a section previously reserved for Hall of Fame inductees only. But museum curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger knows how royalty should be treated.

"When we looked at the depth of the amount of stuff that she was willing to send, we just thought, 'The only way we can really showcase these items is to put them in the Legends of Rock area in the museum,'" Rutledge-Borger explained to the Associated Press, adding that Bey has already "proven herself" to be a legend/peerless/werk diva!/flawless. [EDITOR'S NOTE: o_O]

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This demonstration of Yoncé's #impact is only the latest in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's attempts to pander to teens "bridge contemporary icons with classic ones," as the AP report put it. A current exhibit called Right Here, Right Now includes pieces from Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and others. Those pieces are not featured in the Legends of Rock area, obviously.


Among the pieces featured: her leotard from the "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" music video, her outfit from the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show and her 2012 Met Ball dress, designed by Givenchy. (That's not the same Givenchy dress she wore to the Met Ball this year. That dress has presumably been burned to remove all traces of that night from this world.)

Though the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should likely bow down in gratitude that Beyoncé would deign to grace them with her used clothes ("lightly worn," Beyoncé clarified to the Buffalo Exchange Astoria clerk who was only offering her $3.50 for the "Crazy in Love" denim shorts), her team is staying humble. [EDITOR'S NOTE: O_O]

"For an artist to be able to have a presence where all of her idols and mentors live, it is a big deal," said Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, general manager of Beyoncé's empire, Parkwood Entertainment. "It's very meaningful to an artist when you feel like you've accomplished certain levels and to be asked to be part of this before she's eligible, I think that's really special."

Beyoncé will first be eligible for immortality the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2022 as a member of Destiny's Child, then in 2027 as a solo artist.

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