Cleveland, OH

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for the class of 2020. As reported by NPR, The Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston are among the 16 artists selected for the honor.

Other nominees include Dave Matthews Band, Pat Benatar, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy.

Noticeably absent from the list is LL Cool J who has been nominated for a spot in the Rock Hall five times but never inducted.



To be eligible, artists or bands must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years ago. Biggie dropped his first album Ready To Diein 1994. This marks the first year the late Hip Hop icon is able to receive a nomination.

The 2020 inductees will be announced in January 2020. The induction ceremony is expected to take place at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on May 2, 2020.