*They’ve both gone on to the great beyond, but tonight Whitney Houston, the Notorious B.I.G. and other stars will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Those other stars set to be inducted into the hall’s 2020 class are Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and the Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, and the Doobie Brothers.
Houston, who died in 2012, released her debut album in 1985 and became one of the greatest singers in music history. The Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, had a short recording career with only two albums, He died in 1997 at age 24. The talented rapper obviously made a major impact in short short span.
Artists become eligible for induction to the Rock Hall 25 years after the release of their first record.
The Rock Hall’s annual induction ceremony was originally supposed to take place in May at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, the city where the rock museum is located. The situation changed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The bottom line is that HBO will air a taped special tonight (11-07-20) at 8pm Eastern, with big names like Bruce Springsteen, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Alicia Keys making appearances alongside some of the inductees.
Others set to make appearances during the TV special include Dave Grohl, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Gwen Stefani, Charlize Theron, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Levine and Brad Paisley. During the event, music managers Irving Azoff and Jon Landau will be honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Also worth noting is the fact that EUR associate Keith O’Derek’s footage of Biggie (Notorious B.I.G.) will be included as part of the late rapper’s induction.