Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

On January 15, 2020, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2020 Inductees.

Performer Category:

  • Depeche Mode

  • The Doobie Brothers

  • Whitney Houston

  • Nine Inch Nails

  • The Notorious B.I.G.

  • T. Rex

Ahmet Ertegun Award:

  • Jon Landau

  • Irving Azoff

This year nine out of sixteen nominees were on the ballot for the first time: Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T.Rex, Thin Lizzy, and Whitney Houston. To be eligible for a nod, an artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years ago.

The 2020 nominees were:

  • 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

How are the inductees selected?

Nominee ballots are sent to an “international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry” — but the general public can also participate in the selection process.

From Oct. 15 through 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 10, fans voted via Google via or in person at the museum in Cleveland. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2020 inductees.

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