Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston Nominated For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Tuesday morning (Oct. 15), the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame unveiled the nominees for the Rock Hall Class of 2020 and of the 16 artists shortlisted, nine are first-time nominees; Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Motörhead, Dave Matthews Band, Thin Lizzy, the Doobie Brothers, and Pat Benatar. Returning nominees are Nine Inch Nails, MC5, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, and Judas Priest.
To be eligible for nomination, an artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020 is decided by an international body of more than 1,000 voting members, but fans can impact the vote: Starting Oct. 15 and running through 11:59pm ET on Jan. 10, 2020, fans can go to Google and search “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or any nominee’s name plus “vote” to cast a ballot with Google, vote at RockHall.com or at the Museum itself in Cleveland.
The five artists who receive the most fan votes comprise a fans’ ballot that will be tallied along with the others to determine the 2020 inductees, which will be announced in January 2020.
The Notorious B.I.G., whose real name is Christopher George Latore Wallace is widely considered to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G. was noted for his “loose, easy flow”; dark, semi-autobiographical lyrics; and storytelling abilities, which focused on crime and hardship. He died on March 9, 1997.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide.
She died on February 11, 2012.
Watch the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 announcement below: