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Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G Among The 2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees
This morning, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced its official 2020 class of inductees.
The Rock Hall works to inspire and educate people on the universal impact of rock and roll. As Rock’s highest honor and one of music’s most highly coveted awards, the 2020 class comprises six performers who are being highlighted for artistic excellence and cultural contribution to the history and current state of music and rock and roll as they constantly evolve.
Artists included in this year’s performer class are industrial-rock mainstays Nine Inch Nails, six-time GRAMMY award winner and late vocal powerhouse Whitney Houston, glam-rock troupe T.Rex, hip-hop/rap legend Notorious B.I.G., dark-synthesizer revolutionaries Depeche Mode and two-time GRAMMY award winners the Doobie Brothers.
Further, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame recognizes Jon Landau and Irving Azoff as the recipients of the 2020 Ahmet Ertegun Award, celebrating achievement amongst music industry executives, songwriters, producers, promoters and media.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor elaborated on his reaction to being selected as an inductee after expressing public disposition towards the institution in the past. He lauded the inductee class as a representation of rock and roll's spirit which stretches beyond just one genre saying, "there’s the inclusion of some hip-hop acts. To me, it’s the spirit of rock and roll. That doesn’t mean it has to be guitar/bass/drums. It can be a turntable, a computer, a synthesizer, sequencer… It’s the spirit of expression and, to me, freedom and no limits to expression. That’s my version of what rock means and the method of achieving doesn’t need to be quantified…"
The 2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on May 2, 2020 at the Public Hall Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio and will feature a lineup of Induction Week events and the opening of the 2020 inductee exhibit. For the first time, the induction ceremony will broadcast live on HBO on May 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Membership tickets go on sale Feb. 25 and public tickets will be available on Feb. 27.