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There’s exciting news for fans of The Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston. The two artists will both be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year.

Both Biggie and Houston were on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot for the very first time. In order to qualify to be nominated, an artist must have released their first song under their own name (not as a feature) 25 years ago.

Voletta Wallace

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Voletta Wallace attends the art installation part of the celebration for the 25th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die” Album presented by Optimo on September 13, 2019 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Regarding B.I.G., this was the Brooklyn rapper’s first year of eligibility. However, Houston was had been eligible to be nominated for about a decade, as her self-titled debut album was released in 1985.

Biggie, a Brooklyn native, was known for his lyrical prowess while Houston, a Newark native, was considered one of the greatest singers in the world during her heyday.

Whitney Houston

BERLIN – MAY 12: US-American singer Whitney Houston performs live during a concert at the O2 World on May 12, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The concert is part of the 2010 Nothing But Love tour to promote the album I Look To You.

The 35th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place in Cleveland, Ohio on May 2, 2020, at Public Auditorium. For the first time, it will be broadcasted live on HBO on May 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

 

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.