The Class of 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has dropped and I’m happy to say The Notorious B.I.G. ANNDDDD Whitney Houston have made the Performer Category!
The late rapper, who was recently honored with murals in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be enshrined along with the late R&B/soul icon Whitney Houston, 1980s rockers Depeche Mode, 1970’s soft-rock band The Doobie Brothers, industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails and 1960s English rock band T-Rex.
Biggie joins a prestigious list of rappers who were previously inducted into the hall. The last rapper to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was Tupac Shakur in 2017. The year prior in 2016, N.W.A was inducted after being nominated once before alongside LL Cool J in 2013. Past Hall of Fame honorees include Public Enemy (2013), The Beastie Boys (2012), Run-DMC (2009) and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (2007), all of whom represent hip-hop. [XXL Mag]
To be nominated, artist must to have dropped an album before 1994 (minimum of 25 years ago) and for Biggie, his 1994 Reay or Die album makes him eligible! See the full list below:
In the Performer Category:
-The Doobie Brothers
-Nine Inch Nails
-The Notorious B.I.G.
Ahmet Ertegun Award:
The Ceremony will be broadcast live for the first time on HBO on May 2nd at 8 p.m. ET. Performances and special guests and Induction Week programs will be announced later.
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