Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Announces 2020 Nominees

Whitney Houston Pat Benatar The Doobie Brothers among 2020 Rock Hall induction nominees

Up for induction into the Hall of Fame are nine first-time nominees, including pop icon Whitney Houston, legendary rapper The Notorious B.I.G. Judas Priest earned a first-time nomination in 2018, but got passed over.

Your 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees are: Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy.

The hall's website also states: "Besides demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees will have had a significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll".

The Notorious B.I.G. - a pride of NY, widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time - was nominated in his first year of eligibility, which comes 25 years after the release of an act's first commercial recording.

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To be eligible for this year's ballot, each nominee's first single or album had to be released in 1994 or earlier.

Each year, between five and seven acts usually make it into the Rock Hall following a vote by 1,000 people, including performers, music historians and industry experts.

The current Depeche Mode lineup of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher made the cut along with former keyboardists Vince Clark and Alan Wilder, while Soundgaden's final lineup of Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Ben Shepherd and Kim Thayil is on the ballot along with original bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

The 35th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place May 2, 2020, at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, OH. Beginning today and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on January 10, they can go to Google and search "Rock Hall Fan Vote" or any nominee name plus "vote" to cast a ballot with Google, vote at rockhall.com or at the museum in Cleveland. Fans can also contribute votes starting today (October 15), with the five most-voted-for artists getting submitted as one official ballot.

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