I was given a guitar-shaped wooden craft for my birthday, it says 'tribute to the Rock'n'Roll'. Is it correct to say it like this?

  1. tribute to the Rock'n'Roll
  2. tribute to the Rock'n'Roll music
  3. tribute to Rock'n'Roll
  4. tribute to Rock'n'Roll music

Which one is correct? I guess if you want to use 'the' article, it's 2, but if you want to use zero article, it's 3. Please clarify! Grammarly says it's all correct... And what about starting these sentences with an 'a' article? Is it correct? I think it can be, but not in the case of a gift's title, right?

I suspect it can work either way, and the article just shows the importance of a given music style, is that right? (Another example that comes to mind: tribute to the Blues/tribute to Blues).

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  • Is this a tribute to Rock'n'Roll in general, or some Rock'n'Roll that you know about or are associated with? – Arm the good guys in America Nov 30 '19 at 0:49
  • @green_ideas in general, as a separate music genre. – Helge Nov 30 '19 at 1:10
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    the expression is not totally wrong as is. But it seems more idiomatic without the the, when referring to rock'n'roll in general. – Arm the good guys in America Nov 30 '19 at 1:40
  • when someone mentions the rock'n'roll I want to ask what or which rock'n'roll are you referring to? – Arm the good guys in America Nov 30 '19 at 1:45
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    as the title of a piece of art, there is zero right or wrong – Arm the good guys in America Nov 30 '19 at 5:32

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