Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame

Singer Whitney Houston and rapper The Notorious B.I.G. are just two of the artists nominated to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The late singer and late rapper are nominated along with artists and bands like Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T. Rex, and Thin Lizzy, according to the press release.

This year’s nominees had to have released their first single or album in 1994 or earlier to be eligible for induction, according to Rolling Stone. Fans can vote for their top five favorite artists or bands on Google, Rockhall.com, or through the museum. Those who gain the most votes will be announced in January 2020 and will be officially inducted on May 2, 2020, during a ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium.

“Nothing stays the same in music,” Rock Hall chairman John Sykes previously told Rolling Stone in an interview.

“Therefore, really, the institution that honors it has to evolve with all the music. Just like hip-hop is very much a part of the Hall of Fame now, everything we do — the board members we have, the events we build on — has to reflect a changing culture without ever disregarding or turning our backs on the ideals and fundamentals of the Rock Hall.”

Houston won over 400 awards, including 22 American Music Awards, over 30 Billboard Awards, six Grammys, and two inductee Grammy awards in 2012 and 2018, according to her website. The “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” singer was also nominated for two Emmys and won one in 1986 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. She also starred in several films like “The Bodyguard,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” and “Waiting to Exhale.”

Houston died in 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Houston’s estate and BASE Hologram announced in May that it will release a new album of previously unreleased songs and begin a hologram tour. Tour dates for the hologram tour were released in September, Pitchfork previously reported.

“Whitney Houston was unquestionably one of the most important singers of any generation,” Brian Becker, Chairman and CEO of BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram, said in a previous statement.

“She was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries — music, fashion, and film. Her career inspired so many musicians across all genres and generations and we are honored that her family is entrusting part of her legacy to us. We look forward to working with them and helping to share her magnificent gift with audiences of all generations.”

Pat Houston, Houston’s former manager and sister-in-law, said in the previous statement that Houston would have “loved this holographic theatrical concept.”

“An event at this level is something special and BASE Hologram’s track record to be fully authentic and respectful made them the perfect partner,” said Pat Houston. “This upcoming tour will allow audiences to experience Whitney’s amazing voice and passion for music for a long time to come and help them share that magic with future generations.”

The late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. was also honored this year when a street in Brooklyn, New York was named after him. On June 10, the Christopher Wallace Foundation renamed St. James Place, between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, to Christopher Wallace Way (B.I.G.’s birth name), Gothamist previously reported. “When new people come to our community, don’t get it twisted and don’t forget, we made this borough what it is today.

We created this borough and Biggie Smalls created the sound track of inspiration,” New York City Council Member Laurie Cumbo said during the renaming ceremony, according to CBS-NY.

Although his life was cut short, the four-time Grammy nominee left an impact on the hip-hop community. The Notorious B.I.G. released two hit albums, 1994’s “Ready to Die” and “Life after Death” in 1997, according to the Billboard music charts. On March 9, 1997, he was shot and killed outside of a Vibe Magazine party in Los Angeles, according to the New York Daily News.

Following his death, “Biggie” released three posthumous albums: “Born Again” in 1999, “Duets: The Final Chapter” in 2005, and “The King and I” in 2017, which featured his former wife, singer Faith Evans, according to the Billboard music charts.

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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.