The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. The Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston are among the select few who will be inducted into the famous Rock Hall on May 2 at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium. Additional inductees include Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and T. Rex.
Rock Hall inductees are chosen by an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. An artist is eligible 25 years after the release of their first single, album or EP. The 2020 class had to have released their first eligible music in 1994 or earlier.
Biggie’s inaugural album, Ready To Die, was released on September 13, 1994. It featured production from Diddy, Easy Mo Bee, Chucky Thompson, DJ Premier and Lord Finesse, among others. [apple_news_ad type=”any”]
The Brooklyn Hip Hop legend followed up with 1997’s Life After Death, but he never got to see it hit the shelves. The 24-year-old artist was gunned down in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997, 16 days prior to its release. The project is one of only a handful of Hip Hop albums to be certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
For the first time, the Rock Hall induction ceremony will be broadcast live on HBO at 8 p.m. EST on May 2. Performances and special guests have yet to be announced.
Tickets to the event go on sale to the general public on February 27 at 10 a.m. EST here.