Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. will be posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 class, the institution announced Wednesday. They are joined by the Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, and T. Rex.
The Hall of Fame also named the two non-performing winners of the Ahmet Ertegun Award as veteran music journalist, producer and manager Jon Landau, and famed music manager Irving Azoff. The award honors "songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists and other industry professionals who have had a major influence on rock n roll."
Houston died in 2012 at the age of 48. Her cause of death was ruled as accidental drowning, but heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors, according to coroner's officials.
The Notorious B.I.G. — otherwise known as Biggie Smalls, or Christopher George Latore Wallace — defined the East Coast school of rap during in the 90s. With massive hits like "Juicy" and "Big Poppa," his work catapulted rap into an influential art form.
Wallace was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio. The 35th annual ceremony will be broadcast live for the first time on HBO on May 2nd at 8 p.m. ET.
Source: CBS News