The late hip hop icon The Notorious BIG (real name Christopher Wallace) has been nominated for induction into 2020’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the committee announced yesterday. He is the only act to make it on the 2020 nominees list in his first year of eligibility.
Biggie joins other first-time nominees Whitney Houston, Soundgarden, T Rex, Motörhead, Dave Matthews Band, Thin Lizzy, the Doobie Brothers and Pat Benatar. Others who made the ballot again are Nine Inch Nails, MC5, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren and Judas Priest.
If inducted, Biggie will be the seventh rap artist to join the Rock Hall, following Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (in 2007), NWA (2016) and Tupac Shakur (2017). Fan voting for the class of 2020 is now open at the Rock Hall website. The 2020 inductees will be announced in January while the official ceremony will take place next May in Cleveland, Ohio.
Last year, Janet Jackson and Radiohead were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside The Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music and the Zombies.
Check out the complete list of 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees here.