Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. to Be Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

(L-R): Whitney Houston performs during the 2004 World Music Awards on Sept. 15, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev.; Notorious B.I.G., who won rap artist and rap single of the year, at the podium during the annual Billboard Music Awards in New York, in Dec. 6, 1995.
(L-R): Whitney Houston performs during the 2004 World Music Awards on Sept. 15, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev.; Notorious B.I.G., who won rap artist and rap single of the year, at the podium during the annual Billboard Music Awards in New York, in Dec. 6, 1995.
Photo: Pascal Le Segretain (Getty Images), Mark Lennihan (AP)

If you’re professionally involved in music, being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is probably the endgame for you.

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In 2019, Janet Jackson was added to the Hall of Fame. Well, it’s a new year and that means it’s time for yet another round of inductees!

The Class of 2020 inductees are as follows:

Performer Category

• Depeche Mode

• The Doobie Brothers

• Whitney Houston

• Nine Inch Nails

• The Notorious B.I.G.

• T-Rex

Ahmet Ertegun Award (named after the Atlantic Records founder and chairman who established the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation)

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• Jon Landau

• Irving Azoff

That’s right, the 35th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be adding the beloved Nippy and Big Poppa to its esteemed group of artists. They will be joining other black-ass inductees like Tupac and Janet Jackson.

As the New York Times points out, “artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording.”

Per the Rock Hall’s official press release:

Ballots were sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

Four of the Inductees were on the ballot for the first time, including: The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., and T-Rex.

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Bios and discography info for both Houston and Biggie are currently available on the official Rock Hall website.

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Tickets to the ceremony will go on sale for Rock Hall members on Feb. 25 and will open to the public on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. ET at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. The 35th Annual Rock & Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 2 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio. For the first time, the ceremony will broadcast live on May 2nd at 8 p.m. ET.

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DISCUSSION

The RnR Hall of Fame is an odd club. First you needed to be a friend of Jann Wenner to merit consideration. Then you needed to have had critical success but not the sales. Then they seemed to spend the next ten classes rectifying some mistakes and omissions. Look no further than inducting Bruce Springsteen and not The E-Street Band. Anyway this class raises more questions. Biggie but no LL? I love Whitney but Chaka needs to get in first. Love Depeche Mode but how are they & Nine Inch Nails in but not the band that spawned them Kraftwerk. A personal note T-Rex and not Thin Lizzy? Also Joan Jett is in but Pat Benatar is still waiting? Oh the 90's babies had a meltdown because The Dave Matthews Band didn’t get in. Sorry kids but they ain’t good enough in my eyes. Still should be another made for TV event that middle aged white men will no doubt complain has too many artists they don’t know a damn thing about.