Whitney Houston and Notorious BIG entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame | Ents & Arts News

Whitney Houston and The Notorious BIG will be posthumously induced to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after being announced among the artists to make the cut this year.

Also in the class of 2020 are Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and T-Rex.

T-Rex and Nine Inch Nails (below) also made the cut this year
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Generally, between five and seven acts enter the Hall of Fame every year after a vote of more than 1,000 artists, music historians and industry experts.

Artists are eligible 25 years after the release of their first album or single.

Both of them Houston and BIG were nominated for the first time, but ahead of the artists on the long list who haven’t done so in the past, including Motorhead, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Rufus with Chaka Khan.

Houston, who died in 2012 at the age of 48, released his debut album in 1985.

He won a series of Grammy, Billboard and other awards throughout his music career and remains one of the best-selling artists of all time, known for hits such as I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and My Love Is Your Love.

Notorious BIG, real name Christopher Wallace, released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time, despite being killed at his best.

He was shot dead in 1997, just a few weeks before the release of his second album, Life After Death, and his murder has never been solved.

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Depeche Mode and The Doobie Brothers (below) are also in the class of 2020
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The induction of T-Rex is also a posthumous award for leader Marc Bolan, who died in a car accident at the age of 29 in 1977.

The 35th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on May 2, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Music manager and producer Jon Landau, who has worked with Bruce Springsteen for the past 45 years, and music manager and promoter Irving Azoff will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which honors composers, producers, DJs, record executives, journalists and other professionals from the industry that have had a great influence on rock ‘n’ roll.

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