The Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston Join The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Class of Inductees

Posted January 15, 2020

Two of our iconic faves have just been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2020–the late great, Notorious B.I.G. and “The Voice” herself, Whitney Houston.

The official announcement came on Wednesday (Jan. 15), that both stars have joined four other legendary acts as the 2020 inductees.

via Rolling Stone:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced this year’s inductees: Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G., Whitney HoustonDepeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, and T. Rex will all join the class of 2020. Additionally, Jon Landau and Irving Azoff, two of the most successful managers in rock history, will be presented with the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

The induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland’s Public Hall on May 2nd and will air live on HBO and the SiriusXM Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio station. Tickets go on sale on February 27th.

Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, and Thin Lizzy were all on the ballot this year, but failed to receive enough votes.

The six acts that did make it in represent a musically diverse class encompassing everything from Nineties industrial, R&B, and hip-hop to Seventies glam and soft rock. “Each of those bands has helped shape the form that rock & roll has taken over the years,” Michael McDonald, who is being inducted for his work in the Doobie Brothers, tells Rolling Stone. “That’s what I like to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame do: pick those bands that have sculpted what we see rock & roll as today.”

Just last week votes were still being tabulated, but Whitney and B.I.G. have officially made it in.

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Whitney Houston has been eligible to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since 2010, so this induction is long overdue and well deserved. 

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