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kak125 01-15-2020 09:45 AM

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
 
The “Voice” is finally getting the greatest honor of all.

Whitney Houston, who has been eligible to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since 2010, will at long last be enshrined into the pantheon of music immortals 10 years later. The late pop powerhouse, who changed the way every diva wannabe sang after her, got in on what was shockingly her first nomination when the rock hall class of 2020 was announced Wednesday morning.

Also joining music’s exclusive club — for which artists become eligible 25 years after their debut album — are Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex. They made the cut from a group of 16 nominees that were announced last October.

Those on the ballot who will have to wait at least one more year to learn the secret RRHOF handshake include Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motorhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy.

In addition to Houston, the Doobie Brothers and the Notorious B.I.G. — eligible since 1996 and 2019, respectively — also made it in on their first nominations. So did T. Rex, although the influential glam-rock band has been eligible since way back in 1993. Meanwhile, Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails got the nod on their third nominations.

Enlarge ImageDave Gahan, singer and frontman of the band "Depeche Mode"
Singer Dave Gahan of the band Depeche Mode.Getty Images
While it’s great to see Houston take her rightful place in the rock hall this year, it’s a real shame that she’s the only woman to be inducted. Both Benatar and the female-fronted Rufus featuring Chaka Khan would have been worthy while also pumping up the diversity.

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But after the Cure made the RRHOF last year, it’s nice to see another ’80s British alt-rock band, Depeche Mode, get the love that the synth-pop pioneers were due. The electronic outfit was ahead of its time, paving the way for artists such as fellow inductees Nine Inch Nails.

What’s really sad, though, about the class of 2020 is that three of the acts won’t be there to perform and soak up their big moment at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2. Houston died in 2012, while Brooklyn’s own Notorious B.I.G. — only the second solo rapper to ever be inducted, after another slain MC, Tupac Shakur — was murdered in 1997. And T. Rex disbanded after Marc Bolan, the group’s founder and frontman, died at 29 in a 1977 car crash.

Here’s hoping that the ceremony — returning to the rock hall’s hometown after last year’s induction at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center — will be powerful enough for those late, great artists to hear and feel it in the hereafter.




Can I just say how shocked I am that Pat Benatar didn't make it in this year? She was 2nd in the fan vote. Also I am very surprised DMB didn't make it in since they were #1 in the fan vote. I am really happy Depeche Mode finally made it in though. Love them.

Jondalar 01-16-2020 01:35 AM

Pat Benatar didnt make it? U kidding.

Macfan4life 01-16-2020 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Jondalar (Post 1255766)
Pat Benatar didnt make it? U kidding.


Yes that is incredible. She should have been inducted before Stevie. She was the FIRST female rocker played on MTV. She was a trailblazer with so many firsts for women. She writes her own songs and yes she is ROCK.

elle 01-17-2020 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Macfan4life (Post 1255784)
Yes that is incredible. She should have been inducted before Stevie. She was the FIRST female rocker played on MTV. She was a trailblazer with so many firsts for women. She writes her own songs and yes she is ROCK.

yes.

the fact that Pat was not even nominated before this year, plus Azoff's induction this year just shows how last year's Stevie solo induction came about. this is all over articles and social media, even from Stevie fans.

Storms123 01-18-2020 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by elle (Post 1255790)
yes.

the fact that Pat was not even nominated before this year, plus Azoff's induction this year just shows how last year's Stevie solo induction came about. this is all over articles and social media, even from Stevie fans.

Pat hands down should have been nominated and in before Stevie. And I definitely think there is a correlation between Stevie getting in last year and Azoff's nod this year. Commericialism and "buy your way in", at it's best. I also think it's some headline manipulation at a time when FM and Stevie in particular needed some positive headlines out there.
I am actually not a "stevie hater" even though I am definitely "team Lindsey" in the whole FM debacle over the last few years. With that being said, and I know it's controversial in these parts, I don't think Stevie's solo work is as timeless and enduring as her FM work is. You hear Wild Heart and Belladonna, and imo, it sounds like the 80's, even today. Pat's work has been more enduring. I am not diminishing Stevie's work and contribution to music, and she is deserving of her solo nom, but Pat absolutely should be in there already, and should have gotten in before Stevie.


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