Great News! The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were revealed today.
To be eligible for the Hall of Fame an individual artist or band must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
Ballots were cast by an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry.
Factors such as an artist’s musical influence, body of work, innovation, style and technique are taken into consideration with the voting, according to the organization.
Four of the Inductees this year were on the ballot for the first time: The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex.
The 35th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in May in Cleveland, Ohio. Tickets will go on sale to the public on February 27.
Performances and special guests will be announced later. The ceremony will be broadcast live on HBO on May 2nd at 8 PM Eastern Time.
Here’s the list of 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees:
- Depeche Mode
- The Doobie Brothers
- Whitney Houston
- Nine Inch Nails
- The Notorious B.I.G.
I’m very happy with this list. I still remember listening to Depeche Mode on repeat in the 1980s and 1990s. They may not be as relevant now as they were back then, but they defnitely had a huge impact on the music scene.
It’s a pity that Nine Inch Nails haven’t made their way to South Africa so I can see them live, but that has never stopped me from enjoying their music.
I’ve never regretted discovering them in the early 1990s. Kudos to that neighbourhood handed me the Pretty Hate Machine cassette back then. In case you forgot, that album was released in 1989 (31 years ago this year).
I still enjoy listening to T. Rex now and then and I’ve defnitely listened to my fair share of songs by The Doobie Brothers in the last year. Both acts are pretty legendary if you ask me.
Man of you know that I’m not a huge fan of commercial pop / rap, but one has to give credit where there’s credit due. Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G.’s impact on music is just too big to ignore. So yes, they defintely belong on this list of inductees.
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