Whitney Houston among Rock Hall of Fame inductees

Whitney Houston among Rock Hall of Fame inductees

Whitney Houston among Rock Hall of Fame inductees

While NIN became eligible for induction in 2014, the industrial rock act was "snubbed" in both 2014 and 2015 before being revealed as an official 2020 inductee.

The new class of inductees will be celebrated with the annual star-studded ceremony set for May 2 in the Hall of Fame's home city of Cleveland, Ohio.

As well as Irving Azoff and Jon Landau, recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award. Landau, a MA native, was listed as co-producer for seven Bruce albums, from 1975′s "Born To Run" to 1992′s "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town".

The induction ceremony will air live on HBO from Cleveland's Public Hall on May 2.

Four of the inductees - the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex - and nine of the 16 total nominees were on the ballot for the first time, with nominees Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy filling out that list.

The Rock Hall Class of 2020 was unveiled Wednesday (Jan. 15) morning, with six artists and one behind-the-scenes player joining the storied ranks of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To be eligible for 2020, nominee's first single or album had to be released in 1994 or earlier. "I'm quite in shock", NIN frontman Trent Reznor - who is often reluctant about winning music awards - told Rolling Stone. "So I'm allowing myself, for a limited period of time, to feel good about this".

Inductees were selected by a group of 1,000-plus artists, including living inductees, historians and members of the music industry. The Notorious B.I.G., né Christopher Wallace, was shot dead at age 24 in 1997.

Tickets go on sale to Rock Hall members on February 25 and to the public on February 27, both at 10 a.m. ET.

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