Houston, who died from drug abuse in 2012, had three No. 1 singles: “Saving All My Love for You,” “How Will I Know” and “The Greatest Love of All.” She had seven consecutive singles top the charts, a first for any artist.
The daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston and cousin of Dionne Warwick, she grew up in the business.
Meanwhile, Christopher Wallace, a Brooklyn-born and bred rapper, took on the identities of The Notorious B.I.G. and Biggie Smalls and was massively influential as rap became music’s dominant style in the 1990s. With hits like “Juicy” and “Big Poppa,” he was the leader of an East Coast school of rap that found itself in a bitter rivalry with artists from the West Coast.
Wallace was killed in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles at age 24 in 1997. On the album, “Life After Death,” with hits like “Mo Money Mo Problems” and “Hypnotize,” he became the first artist to earn multiple No. 1 singles after his death.
Other inductees in the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, and T-Rex.
The annual ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 2 Public Auditorium in Cleveland. Tickets for the induction ceremony go on sale Feb. 27. Performers will be announced at a later date. The May 2 event will be televised LIVE on HBO for the first time.
Congratulations to all of the inductees.