Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. And Chaka Khan Receive 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nomination
This year is the first time Houston and Biggie were nominated for this recognition.
Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. are some of the artists nominated to be inducted in the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The nominees were announced on Tuesday and include a variety of artists across different genres, including rock, pop, rhythm and blues and hip-hop. Other 2020 nominees alongside the aforementioned artists include The Doobie Brothers, Dave Matthews Band and Pat Benatar.
According to CNN, to be eligible for a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination, individual artists and bands must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior.
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While the class of inductees is selected by an international group of 1,000 people, including fellow artists, historians and music industry members, the general public also has a say. The public can cast their votes for their favorite nominees from now until January 10, 2020.
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan has received three previous nominations, but this year marks the first time the late Houston and B.I.G. received nominations for this honor, The Source reported.
If inducted, Biggie will join Tupac Shakur as the second solo hip-hop act to be recognized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2017, on the 20th anniversary of his death, Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace posthumously received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Founders Award, which recognizes artists pioneering with their contributions to music.
Houston’s estate revealed in May a set of new projects including a hologram tour and a new album of unreleased tracks from the renowned singer is on the way.
The “An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” is reportedly being produced by BASE Hologram and will include master recordings of Houston featuring a live band and backup singers. Both the album and tour are set for sometime in 2020, officials say.
Past Hall of Fame inductees includes Aretha Franklin, James Brown, N.W.A., Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Public Enemy and Prince.
The 35th annual ceremony will take place in May 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.