Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. Among 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees
On Tuesday, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2020 nominees and this year nominations include bands and singers from rock, R&B and rap.
Up for induction into the Hall of Fame are nine first-time nominees, including the iconic Whitney Houston and legendary rapper B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace. Joining Houston and B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls, as first-time nominees are the Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy.
To be eligible for a nod, an artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years ago. The nominations for the late BIG and Whitney honors entertainers who died young. Houston, who was considered one of the greatest singers of her time, was 48 when died in 2012. B.I.G., a rapper from Brooklyn, was just 24 when he was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1997.
Returning nominees include Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Todd Rundgren.
Now, after the nominees are announced, ballots will be sent to more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry, who will consider an act’s career work and influence on other artists.
Those gaining induction will be announced in January. The official induction ceremony will be held on May 2 at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium.
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