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Notorious B.I.G, Whitney Houston and Pat Benatar Among Rock Hall Nominees

A martyred hip-hop legend from the 1990s, a pioneering glam band from the '70s and an '80s arena rocker are among 16 performers hoping to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 2020 nominees represent a wide range of musical styles.

  • Pat Benatar
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Depeche Mode
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Whitney Houston
  • Judas Priest
  • Kraftwerk
  • MC5
  • Motörhead
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Soundgarden
  • T.Rex
  • Thin Lizzy


The Notorious B.I.G. was murdered in 1997, a case that remains unsolved. The rapper made the Rock Hall’s ballot in his first year of eligibility.

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The Notorious B.I.G. is the only 2020 performer to be nominated in his first year of eligibility [Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]

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British performers T. Rex led the glam rock movement of the 1970s [Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]

Nine nominees debuted on the ballot this year, including soulful diva Whitney Houston, glam band T. Rex and arena rocker Pat Benatar. Other first-timers include Motorhead, Soundgarden, the Doobie Brothers, Thin Lizzy and the Dave Matthews Band.

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Todd Rundgren didn't make the cut last year.  Will 2020 bring better news? [Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]

Back for another shot at the Hall of Fame are Todd Rundgren, Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Nine Inch Nails, MC5 and Kraftwerk.

This year’s collection of nominees is guy-heavy. Houston, Benatar and Chaka Kahn (as part of the band Rufus) are the only women.

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Whitney Houston [Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]

Now, a voting committee will trim the roster to a half dozen Hall of Fame inductees who will be announced in January. The induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium on May 2, 2020.

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