The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020 is a diverse and eclectic mix.
On Wednesday, the inductees for this year’s ceremony were announced, with Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G., and Whitney Houston all being honoured, among others.
The ceremony is set to be held May 2 in Cleveland, airing live on HBO.
Other artists being recognized include Depeche Mode, T. Rex, and the Doobie Brothers, as well as storied music producers Jon Landau and Irving Azoff, who will be presented with the Rock Hall’s Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Trent Reznor of NIN reacted to the news, telling Billboard, “A sincere THANK YOU goes out to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voting body – it always feels great to be recognized for your artistic efforts and I am honoured. Many congratulations to this year’s fellow inductees ([Depeche Mode] finally!) – see you back in Cleveland where it all began for me!”
“Each of those bands has helped shape the form that rock & roll has taken over the years,” Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers told Rolling Stone. “That’s what I like to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame do: pick those bands that have sculpted what we see rock and roll as today.”
Also on the ballot this year, but missing out on induction into the Hall were Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, and Thin Lizzy.