- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2020, which includes Whitney Houston, The Doobie Brothers, and Nine Inch Nails
- Also to be inducted are Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex
- The official ceremony takes place on May 2 at the Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio and will air live on HBO
Finally, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed its 2020 class. Included in this list are some very timeless, beloved names. They include Whitney Houston, The Doobie Brothers, and Nine Inch Nails. Additionally, Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex will be inducted at May’s ceremony. There, they once more establish a place in music history.
Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 demands the same requirements as previous years. An artist’s first album must be at least 25 years old. Additionally, they must have established significance and influence towards perpetuating rock and roll. Induction into the Hall of Fame means an artist has left an impact on the music genre in a way that shaped its history and future.
A large committee chose the inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020
This committee includes a thousand music industry members, historians, and artists. Together, they navigate the process of analyzing another artist’s cultural impact on rock music. Perhaps the greatest achievement of all is seeing Whitney Houston finally get her place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She had been eligible since 2010 and already developed a noble career. She became the only artist to earn seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. She is also the talent behind the best-selling song by a female artist in history. That, of course, is “I Will Always Love You.”
The Doobie Brothers are also enjoying some long overdue honors. This big announcement comes at an auspicious time as the group celebrates its 50th anniversary with a reunion tour with Michael McDonald. Tom Johnston himself sees the meaning behind this perfect timing, stating, “I can’t imagine a better start to our 50th year than by being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We’ll be celebrating with an amazing tour, all while realizing our dream of becoming Rock & Roll Hall of Famers. Earning the recognition of our peers is a great honor that I don’t take lightly, but it’s our fans who kept us believing that we could get in. This is a stellar moment for The Doobie Brothers.”
Responses to the idea of induction can vary greatly
Not everyone is immediately thrilled by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though they changed their mind in time for the Class of 2020. Initially, members of Nine Inch Nails wanted nothing to do with it. In 2017, Trent Reznor expressed outright contempt at the idea of being inducted. “The worst would be if we did [get inducted],” he stated roughly three years ago. “And then what? We’d have to […] show up and jam? I can’t even imagine what that would be.”
Experiencing it firsthand changed Reznor’s mind. After participating in The Cure’s induction, Reznor saw induction as something to be excited about. “It ended up being a pretty cool experience,” and not as bad “as I kind of snarkily dismissed it as.” Meanwhile, Depeche Mode experienced some shuffles leading up to its May induction. Though keyboardist Alan Wilder played with them during a 2010 guest appearance, original keyboardist Vince Clarke hasn’t been with Depeche Mode since 1981. However, it seems Depeche Mode may experience a major reunion, as both keyboardists are part of the inducted lineup with Andy Fletcher, Dave Gahan, and Martin Gore.