2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Include an Eclectic Mix of Artists

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 nominees have officially been announced! As usual, the list features a wide variety of artists from many different styles of music. 9 of the artists on this year’s ballot are first-time nominees.

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 2nd, 2020.

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Pat Benatar

This Four-time Grammy Award winner has been eligible since 2004, but this year marks the first time that Benatar been nominated for induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band has only eligible for induction since 2018, and this is the first time that the Grammy Award-winning jam band has been nominated.

Depeche Mode

British new wave band Depeche Mode was named the 10th most successful dance club artist of all time by Billboard, and now they’ve been nominated for induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the third time.

The Doobie Brothers

Although this band has been eligible for induction since 1996, this is the first year that they’ve received a nomination. The Doobie Brothers were previously inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.

Whitney Houston

Cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records, it wouldn’t take a psychic reader to predict that Whitney Houston would end up on the nomination list. Although she’s been eligible since 2009, this is the first time she’s been nominated.

Judas Priest

This Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band were also inaugural inductees into the VH1 Rock Honors. This is the second time that they have been nominated for induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Kraftwerk

Eligible since 1995, this marks the 6th time that Kraftwerk has been nominated. This German electronic band has already snagged a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

MC5

Although they were only around for a few years after their debut record, MC5 has often been cited as one of the most important hard rock groups of their era. This year, they’re being nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the 5th time.

Motörhead

Motörhead, the English rock band that helped pioneer speed metal and thrash metal, have been eligible since 2002, but this is the first time that they’ve been nominated. Sadly, lead singer Lemmy Kilmister passed away in 2016.

Nine Inch Nails

Two-time Grammy Award winner Nine Inch Nails is being nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the 3rd time, after having been eligible since 2014. Frontman Trent Reznor has already surfaced on Rolling Stone‘s list of 100 greatest artists of all time, and was named one of the most influential people by Time.

The Notorious B.I.G.

Considered one of the greatest rappers of all time by the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard, The Notorious B.I.G. is being nominated for the first time. He was only eligible starting last year.

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

This American funk band has two Grammy Award wins under their belts, and are now being nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the 4th time since becoming eligible in 1999.

Todd Rundgren

Eligible for nomination since 1995, this is only the 2nd time that solo artist Todd Rundgren has gotten a nomination. He has also been known for his work as a record producer, pioneering forms of multimedia, and for being an early adopter of using internet service as a means of music distribution in the late 90s.

Soundgarden

Two-time Grammy Award winners Soundgarden were notably the first grunge band to sign to a major label back in 1989. This is the first time that the band has received a nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Lead singer Chris Cornell passed away in 2017.

T. Rex

This band became pioneers of the glam rock movement and have continued to influence many artists through the years. Athough T. Rex has been eligible since 1993, this is the first time that they’ve been nominated.

Thin Lizzy

Dublin rockers Thin Lizzy find themselves nominated for induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the first time, though the group has been eligible since 1996.