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Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails, Kraftwerk & More Nominated For Rock Hall Of Fame 2020

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Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails, Kraftwerk & More Nominated For Rock Hall Of Fame 2020

To be eligible for this year's ballot, an artist's first single or album must have been released in 1994 or earlier

GRAMMYs/Oct 15, 2019 - 10:21 pm

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame announced nominees for the class of 2020 this morning. 

This year's nominees include the Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Motörhead, Dave Matthews Band, Thin Lizzy, the Doobie Brothers and Pat Benatar, MC5, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Rufus With Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren and Judas Priest.

As pointed out by Rolling Stone, to be eligible for this year's ballot, an artist's first single or album must have been released in 1994 or earlier, though this year a majority of the nominees, like Dave Matthews Band, the Notorious B.I.G., Benatar and more, are appearing on the ballot for the first time.

Vote for your favorites at rockhall.com or at an interactive kiosk at the Rock Hall museum in Cleveland. The top nominees will then be announced in January and later inducted on May 2, 2020 at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

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P Diddy Hails Anniversary Of B.I.G.'s Death As "Biggie Day"

P Diddy & Notorious B.I.G., 1995

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P Diddy Hails Anniversary Of B.I.G.'s Death As "Biggie Day"

Remembering B.I.G. and his legacy justifies at least one "Biggie Day" per year, but there's competition

GRAMMYs/Mar 12, 2019 - 02:15 am

The Notorious B.I.G. was born on May 21, 1972, in Brooklyn, and on March 9, 1997, the rapper was gunned down in his vehicle in Los Angeles, just over 22 years ago. On March 25, 1997, just over two weeks after his unsolved murder, B.I.G.'s sophomore album, Life After Death, was released to acclaim that never died. This past weekend, P Diddy claimed March 9 as "Biggie Day," a fitting time to recall the rapper's loss and legacy.

"There will NEVER be another," Diddy posted to Twitter on March 9. "The GREATEST RAPPER OF ALL TIME. Today we celebrate and honor you king. Love and miss you!!!!!!!!! Happy Biggie Day!"

While there will never be another B.I.G., on his birthday, May 21, 2016, there was another "Biggie Day" in Brooklyn. How can there be two? Well he was just that "B.I.G." 

The music he made by the end of his life at 24 years of age has grown in stature and the places Biggie frequented as a youth are now mandatory visits for Brooklyn-rap tourists.

P Diddy emerged to national attention as a rapper himself in the aftermath of Biggie's passing. Already respected as a record executive and producer, summer of 1997 was the release of his debut album No Way Out as Puff Daddy & The Family. The 40th GRAMMY Awards in 1998 were a coming of age for both Diddy and rap itself. Will Smith won Best Rap Solo Performance for "Men In Black" and dedicated his win to the memories of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. Diddy's No Way Out won Best Rap Album that year and its single "I'll Be Missing You," with Faith Evans also featuring 112, won Best Rap Performance by A Duo Or Group.

In our 2017 interview with 112, the group wanted readers to know that Bad Boy Records had been a supportive family in fact, not in name only. They recalled Biggie helping them out personally. "He used to give us money to make sure we had food to eat," said Quinnes "Q" Parker. Many rap listeners feel a different gratitude, no less deep, for the tracks B.I.G. left behind as his legacy for all of us.

NYC Council Approves Wu-Tang Clan And Notorious B.I.G. Street Names

Rock Hall 2019: Janelle Monáe, Harry Styles, Trent Reznor & More Announced As Speakers

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Rock Hall 2019: Janelle Monáe, Harry Styles, Trent Reznor & More Announced As Speakers

Janelle Monáe will introduce GRAMMY-winning icon Janet Jackson, Harry Styles will introduce Stevie Nicks, and Trent Reznor will introduce the Cure

GRAMMYs/Mar 13, 2019 - 10:37 pm

The speakers for the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. They include Janelle Monáe, who will introduce GRAMMY-winning pop icon Janet Jackson, Harry Styles will introduce Stevie Nicks, and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor will introduce the Cure, among others.

The 34th induction ceremony will happen on March 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The announcement also noted that GRAMMY-winning producer David Byrne will introduce Radiohead, Duran Duran's John Taylor and Simon Le Bon will introduce Roxy Music, the Bangles' Susanna Hoffs will introduce the Zombies and Queen's Brian May will introduce Def Leppard.  

"Thrilled to announce our friend @DrBrianMay will be inducting us into the @rockhall on March 29 in Brooklyn," Def Leppard tweeted. The Zombies and Duran Duran also tweeted out their excitement for the announcement. 


The Cure, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and the Zombies will all join the band as inductees.

The inductees' exhibit at the Rock Hall museum will be unveiled the same night in Cleveland. Fans who will not attend the ceremony can watch or listen at home via HBO on April 27.

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Ice-T To Host Doc Revisiting Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shootings

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Ice-T To Host Doc Revisiting Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shootings

Two-hour Fox special to revisit the deaths of two rap icons with new interviews, unreleased audio and more

GRAMMYs/Aug 26, 2017 - 05:09 am

Unsolved murders weigh on the spirit, and hosts Ice-T and Soledad O'Brien aim to shed light on two memorable tragedies from 20 years back that took two of rap's all-time greats from the world that adored them.

"Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?" — a two-hour news special on Fox — will air on Sept. 24. Regardless of whatever controversy or resolution the documeantary finds, great efforts arranging interviews, on-camera discussions and uncovering archival recordings mean Ice-T and O'Brien are sure to present something fresh on the murders of the two rap rivals.

Tupac Shakur, also known as 2Pac, and Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls, ran with street-life themes and real-world conflict throughout their art, leaving a lasting legacy on the genre of hip-hop.

The show promises previously unreleased audio of Biggie discussing Tupac's death and the rappers' best friends Lil' Cease and E.D.I. Mean discussing their first-hand views of the events and the two greats' relationship with each other. Other original interviews include Doug E Fresh, Funkmaster Flex, Suge Knight, and many connected people from both music and law enforcement.

This 20-year anniversary and the ongoing regard for these two iconic rappers will be marked by other worthy coverage such as Biggie: The Life Of Notorious B.I.G., airing on A&E in September, described as "the first biography to be authorized by Biggie Smalls' estate." So tune in!

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NYC Council Approves Wu-Tang Clan And Notorious B.I.G. Street Names

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NYC Council Approves Wu-Tang Clan And Notorious B.I.G. Street Names

NYC is honoring rap history by voting to rename two streets after the iconic rappers

GRAMMYs/Dec 29, 2018 - 03:05 am

Notorious B.I.G. and the Wu-Tang Clan are steps closer to becoming a permanent part of New York City, their hometown and one of the birthplaces of hip-hop.

The New York City council has unanimously voted to have a Booklyn street become Christopher Wallace Way (after Biggie) and a Staten Island street become Wu-Tang Clan District. The measures are still pending Mayor Bill de Blasio's signature.


"As soon as you put a name on a street sign, you say something about the public importance of that individual," University of Tenn. Geography Professor Derek Alderman told NPR. "Hip-hop deserves that respect."

Brooklyn Community Board 2 first approved the re-naming petition 33-1 in November.

NYC resident LeRoy McCarthy, who led the naming initiatives for both streets, thinks naming a street after Biggie symbolizes something greater than the rapper. "It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and hip-hop is worldwide,” he told Rolling Stone.

The council also voted to name a street after Woody Guthrie in Coney Island, where the iconic folk singer lived in the 1940s.

The block expected to become Christopher Wallace Way is on St. James Place between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue where B.I.G. actually grew up. Wu-Tang Clan District will be centered on the intersection of Vanderbilt Avenue and Targee Street, the location of Sobel Court Park, according to Rolling Stone.

The news of the council passing the measures came shortly after Chuck D was announced as chairman of the celebrity board for the Universal Hip-Hop Museum to open in Brooklyn in 2022. 

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