Published: Tue, October 15, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Notorious B.I.G. Gets Nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Notorious B.I.G. Gets Nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

First time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. topped this year's short-list of potential inductees, the institution announced Tuesday. This is the sixth ballot appearance for Kraftwerk, the fifth for the MC5, the fourth for Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, the third for Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode and the second for Judas Priest and Todd Rundgren.

And the first nomination after several years of eligibility of seminal grunge act Soundgarden includes former frontman Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in 2017 at the age of 52.

Ballots are distributed through a panel of more than 1,000 voters - historians, music industry insiders, and previous inductees.

This year marks a transition for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner will step down as chairman. As has been the case in recent years, fans also can vote for their favorites on the Rock Hall's website.

Dave Matthews Band at Blossom in 2018.

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An individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of induction to be eligible for nomination. Judas Priest has also gone through many changes, but Les Binks, K. K. Downing, Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Dave Holland, Glenn Tipton and Scott Travis are the only ones on the ballot.

The 35th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place May 2, 2020, at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, OH.

The rest of the nominees have been nominated before but not made the final cut.

Fans can vote for their favorite 2020 nominees on or at the Hall of Fame in Cleveland now through January 10, with balloting also open on Google by searching "Rock Hall Fan Vote". The top five vote getters will then comprise the "fan ballot" that will be tallied alongside the global voting body of artists, music historians and members of the music industry.

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