Rock Hall Gives Noms to 2 Late Stars

Whitney Houston, Notorious BIG among 16 possibles for the 2020 inductee class
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 15, 2019 8:00 AM CDT
Whitney, Biggie Get Nods for Rock Hall of Fame
This combination photo shows, left, the late Notorious BIG in New York on Dec. 6, 1995, and late singer Whitney Houston in Washington on Jan. 17, 2009.   (AP Photo)

The late musical icons Whitney Houston and the Notorious BIG are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2020 class. The prestigious organization announced Tuesday that Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, the Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, and Thin Lizzy join Houston and Biggie as first-time nominees. The 35th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place May 2, 2020, at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, per the AP. Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, MC5, and Todd Rundgren round out the 16 nominees for the 2020 class. The official inductees will be announced in January. Acts are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. (More Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stories.)

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