Notorious B.I.G. & Whitney Houston Are 2020 Nominees for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Robyn Mowatt Robyn Mowatt is a Staff Writer at Okayplayer where she…
Photo Credit: Suzie Gibbons/Redferns

Photo Credit: Suzie Gibbons/Redferns

Out of the 16 artists shortlisted, nine are nominated for the first time.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced its 2020 nominees including Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston. A few of the artists this year have been nominated for the first time.

Additional nominees include Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy. If inducted Notorious B.I.G. will become the second solo rapper to join the Rock Hall following Tupac’s induction in 2017.

To be eligible for the Rock Hall, each of the nominee’s first single or album had to be released in 1994 or earlier. Rolling Stone reports “the voter pool featuring more than 1,000 artists, historians, journalists and members of the music industry will select the new class.” Additionally, fans will have an opportunity to take part in the selection process by submitting a vote at or an interactive kiosk at the museum in Cleveland.

According to Rolling Stone “the top vote-getters will be announced in January and inducted May 2nd 2020 at a ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall.”

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