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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 noms: Biggie, Whitney Houston, Soundgarden, Motorhead, Nine Inch Nails, more


The nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2020 have been revealed. The Notorious B.I.G. was nominated in his first year of eligibility, and other first-time nominees include Whitney Houston, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Motorhead, Dave Matthews Band, Thin Lizzy, The Doobie Brothers, and Pat Benatar. Returning nominees include Nine Inch Nails, MC5, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, and Judas Priest. You can vote for your favorite at the Rock Hall website once a day through January 10, 2020, and the inductees will be announced later that month.

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony happens at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on May 2, 2020.

Nine Inch Nails were nominated two other times in the past, but weren’t nominated for the past three years. When asked about this in a Stereogum interview, Trent Reznor replied:

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, who knows what that is. I don’t give a shit. It’s irritating every year that suddenly my inbox lights up with, “Oh man, sorry about …” I don’t give a fuck! [Laughs] You know what I mean? I don’t … the worst would be if we did [get inducted] and then what? We’d have to fuckin’ show up and jam? I can’t even imagine what that would be.

I’m not saying this as sour grapes. I honestly couldn’t give less of a shit. I’m not gonna sleep any better. Included or not. With that being said, it’s always nice to feel you’ve been appreciated to some degree but it’s not on my list of things I have to achieve before I die.

Trent did appear on stage at the induction ceremony last year to induct The Cure.

In addition to The Cure, last year’s inductees were Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, and the Zombies.

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