The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has nominated many hip hop acts in the past, as many rappers have been super impactful around the world, just as much as rock and pop stars were at one point. Acts like Run-DMC, Tupac, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and more were added in the past years, and now the Notorious B.I.G. has been nominated for the first-time in 2020 class.
Other first-time nominees are Whitney Houston, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Motörhead, Dave Matthews Band, Thin Lizzy, the Doobie Brothers, and Pat Benatar. Returning nominees include Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Todd Rundgren.
Fans can vote through Jan. 10. Cast a ballot on Google by searching “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or any nominee name plus “vote.” Or visit rockhall.com or the Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland. The top five choices will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be counted with the other ballots.
In looking back, the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class included Radiohead, the Cure, Janet Jackson, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, and the Zombies.
See below for the complete list of this year’s nominees.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees:
Dave Matthews Band
The Doobie Brothers
Nine Inch Nails
The Notorious B.I.G.
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan