Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces 2020 class

Lula Sharp
January 15, 2020

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 class of inductees runs a gamut from shimmering R&B-laced pop and classic '90s hip-hop to industrial rock and foursquare glam-rock with the selection of Whitney Houston, the Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails and T. Rex along with the Doobie Brothers and Depeche Mode, all of whom will join the hall's ranks this spring.

Almost 900 individual artists have been inducted over the past 34 years.

In addition, former music critic and Bruce Springsteen manager, Jon Landau, and longtime music executive Irving Azoff will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performing music industry professionals. Houston, Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex and the Doobie Brothers are all first-time nominees. Dave Matthews Band, despite winning the fan vote, will not see induction in 2020 (the online-centric fan vote is a contributing factor to the final induction lineup).

Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Artists who were nominated but not inducted this year are Pat Benatar, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, Dave Matthews Band, MC5, Motorhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy. To be eligible this year, each nominee's first single or album had to be released in 1994 or earlier.

"I'm pretty freaked out". "A huge thank-you to everyone who has supported us and our music over the years [and] who have made this possible".

Inductees were selected by a group of 1,000-plus artists, including living inductees, historians and members of the music industry.

That ceremony is scheduled to take place May 2 in Cleveland at the Public Auditorium, near the hall's headquarters and museum. HBO will broadcast the event live for the first time, rather than in edited form a few weeks later. Tickets are on sale February 27; performances and special guests will be announced later.

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