Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Ladies, gents, and music lovers of all ages, it’s time to welcome the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2020!

On Wednesday (Jan. 15), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame formally announced this year’s inductees, and it’s definitely a diverse list.

In a surprising twist, a slew of first-time nominees earned positions in the hall of fame, including the Doobie Brothers, the Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and Whitney Houston.

For Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, third time’s the charm as they also join the list of inductees for the 35th annual event.

The Dave Matthews Band won the fan ballot but sadly did not make the final cut once again confirming just because the fans like it, doesn’t mean the industry insiders do.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 2020 nominees in October with several return nominees. This year marked the sixth time Kraftwerk had been nominated, the fifth time for MC5, the fourth for Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, and the second for Judas Priest and Todd Rundgren.

Jon Landau (longtime industry manager who helped guide Bruce Springsteen’s career) and Irving Azoff (the Eagles’ personal manger) will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award at this year’s event.

The Ahmet Ertegun Award “honors songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists, and other industry professionals who have had a major influence on rock and roll.”

For an artist to be eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony will take place at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2. The show will broadcast live on HBO at 8 p.m. ET.

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Feb. 27. Performances and special guests will be announced at a later date.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its 2020 nominees

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Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. Music lovers of all ages, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are finally in!

On Tuesday (Oct. 15), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the lengthy list of nominees for the 2020 class. As with past years, the musicians on the roster come from various music genres, which may lead to a debate or two among fans (there’s already some online “conversations,” but when doesn’t that happen?).

Motörhead, Depeche Mode, Soundgarden, Judas Priest, Nine Inch Nails, Pat Benatar, Whitney Houston, the Dave Matthews Band, and The Notorious B.I.G. are just some of the potential inductees.

The class of 2020 also marks the first time that the majority of the candidates are first-time nominees.

The first-time nominees include the Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, the Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, and Whitney Houston.

This will be the sixth time Kraftwerk has been nominated, the fifth time for MC5, the fourth for Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, the third for Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, and the second for Judas Priest and Todd Rundgren.

All-in-all, a very diverse lineup.

It was reported that artists such as Aaliyah, Weezer, blink-182, and Daft Punk were eligible but were not nominated.

For an artist to be eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago.

While a lot of the voting power sits with industry insiders, fans are going to get a chance to put their two cents in.

Through Jan. 10, fans can go to Google and search “Vote Rock Hall 2020” or any nominee name plus “vote” to cast a ballot with Google. They can also head on over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website or the museum in Cleveland to chime in.

The top five artists chosen by the public will make up the “fans’ ballot” joining the industry insiders’ votes.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony will take place at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2, 2020. The full list of nominees can be found below.

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME 2020 NOMINEES:

Pat Benatar
Dave Matthews Band
Depeche Mode
The Doobie Brothers
Whitney Houston
Judas Priest
Kraftwerk
MC5
Motörhead
Nine Inch Nails
The Notorious B.I.G.
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Todd Rundgren
Soundgarden
T.Rex
Thin Lizzy

Jack White Gets Inducted to Nashville’s Walk of Fame

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A couple of weeks after holding a Q&A where he spoke about a lot of things including journalists and their “click bait” headlines about him, Jack White has been inducted into Nashville’s Walk of Fame.

The former White Stripes singer was inducted alongside frequent collaborator and country music legend, Loretta Lynn this past Tuesday (June 2)

Each artist was then given the opportunity to make a speech about the other during the ceremony.

“I don’t have anything prepared,” White began as he took the stage to speak about Lynn.

“But when it comes to talking about Loretta Lynn, I don’t really need to prepare anything. I love her so much, I could talk for hours about her. One time an interviewer asked me, ‘Jack, what’s your favorite book, song and movie?’ And I said, ‘That’s easy. Coal Miner’s Daughter,” he continued.

“I think she embodies feminism, and she broke ground for women more than anybody else did, before anybody else did.”

Lynn also took the stage to speak about White, who was the producer for her most recent album, 2004’s Van Lear Rose.

“He’s been here in Nashville for a little while. He didn’t have to be here too long for you to understand that we needed him, really. Nashville needed Jack White. And I think he’s one of the greatest artists there is.”

Though White is originally from Detroit, the singer packed up his bags a decade ago and moved to the Music City where he formed his successful record label, Third Man Records. Recently, White announced he would be opening a Detroit location this November.

White and Lynn are in good company on the MusicCity Walk of Fame. Previous inductees include Jimi Hendrix, Emmylou Harris, Roy Obrison, Reba McEntre, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Little Richard.

White and Lynn’s induction was the 14th since it was founded in 2006. This induction ceremony also marked the debut of the newly renovated monument site.