Whitney Houston, Biggie and Soundgarden Among 9 First-Time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, and The Doobie Brothers also among ballot newbies for Class of 2020

Last Updated: October 15, 2019 @ 11:19 AM

The nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 are in, and among the 16 acts are nine first-timers, including Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G. and Soundgarden.

Below are all the musicians on the ballot. The newcomers are denoted by asterisks*.

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

Only Biggie was first-time eligible this year. Houston, for an example, could have received a nomination as far back as a decade ago, but she never did until now.

T. Rex had the longest wait among the newbies, however. The band made up of Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Mickey Finn and Bill Legend were technically eligible way back in 1993. Thin Lizzy and The Doobie Brothers were both eligible beginning in 1996.

Dave Matthews Band had to wait just a year. Soundgarden has been sitting around eligible since 2011.

Fans can vote for up to five acts once a day on Google until Jan. 10, 2020. The actual induction ceremony in Cleveland is set for May 2, 2020.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of induction.

Readers can find bios for each nominated artist or group here.

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