Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 nominees: Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar and more

CLEVELAND, OH — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for their 2020 class Tuesday.

This year's nominees are:

Dave Matthews Band
Pat Benatar
Depeche Mode
The Doobie Brothers
Whitney Houston
Judas Priest
Kraft Werk
MC5
Motorhead
Nine Inch Nails
The Notorious B.I.G.
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Todd Rundgren
Soundgarden
T. Rex
Thin Lizzy

This year marks the fourth in a row where fans will be able to go online and cast votes for their five favorite acts. At the end of the fan voting, usually sometime in December the top 5 vote getters will be placed on a "fan's ballot" and counted along with the more than 1,000 other ballots that will be mailed out.

The Class of 2020 will be inducted in Cleveland next spring as the Rock Hall begins its every other year rotation of hosting the induction ceremony which in 2018 generated an estimated $36.5 million to the Cleveland economy. 2020 will also mark the 25th Anniversary of the iconic Rock Hall itself.

To be eligible for inclusion the Rock Hall an individual or artist must have released its first commercial recording 25 years prior to the year of the induction, so 2020 nominees had to have released their first recording no later than 1994.

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

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