“The Notorious B.I.G.” and Whitney Houston will be posthumously inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2020.
The other inductees, who are still very much alive, include Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T.Rex and The Doobie Brothers.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, in Cleveland, where the Hall of Fame is located. HBO will broadcast live the induction ceremony.
The Notorious B.I.G. , or Christopher Wallace, was shot to death March 9, 1997 in Los Angeles. His murder has not been solved and no one can explain why a man who recorded music that made so many of us happy was murdered. He was 24 years old.
Rapper and song writer, Biggie Smalls was recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as “the greatest rapper who ever lived.” He released two albums before his death. Two collaboration albums were released after he died. He has sold 28 million recordings.
Whitney Houston is one of the most-popular and best-selling recording artists of all time, having sold more than 200 million recording worldwide.
Houston died February 11, 2012, while soaking in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The coroner ruled she died of accidental drowning, heart disease, and cocaine use. She was 48.
So why is Cleveland the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed coined the phrase “Rock and Roll” on his Moondog Rock and Roll Radio Hour in the early 1950s.
Freed is also credited with organizing the first rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball on March 21, 1952