Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially announced their list of inductees for the Class of 2020's inductees: Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G., the Doobie Brothers and T. Rex. Additionally, veteran rock managers Jon Landau and Irving Azoff will be honored with the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Whitney Houston, this year's lone female inductee, joins The Notorious B.I.G., the late Doobies drummers Michael Hossack and Keith Knudsen, and T. Rex members (excluding Bill Legend) to be inducted posthumously. In following tradition, it is likely that Houston, Biggie and T. Rex will receive special tribute performances.
"I'm delighted with the news, ecstatic," industry mogul Clive Davis said to Billboard. "It's very important to Whitney's legacy and fully deserved. She and Aretha Franklin have influenced more young artists than any other artists I know," he added.
With Houston's passing in 2012, Davis shared his belief that while Houston is not here to enjoy the honor, she would be humbled by it.
"She'd be touched, grateful. There's no question. She never took anything for granted. I always asked her, 'Are you pinching yourself?' She truly would be touched by this unique and special recognition. It would be very important to her."
This year's inductees did not include fan vote favorite, the Dave Matthews Band. Despite topping the Hall's Fan vote by a notable margin, with a grand total of around 1 million votes, DMB is the first top vote recipient to not receive induction since Rock Hall introduced the fan ballot several years ago.
Also freshly omitted from the list are nominees Pat Benatar, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy.
Many speculated Benatar would receive an official nod this year, especially when considering Janet Jackson's unforgettable Rock Hall acceptance speech last year, famously urging "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, please, 2020: Induct more women!" to an outpour of applause.
Only three female artists were included on this year's Hall ballot, and historically less than 8% of Rock Hall inductees have been female.
Justice for Pat!!!!! https://t.co/7PLREV6XJW— Mara Reinstein (@MaraReinstein) January 15, 2020
The induction ceremony will take place at Cleveland's Public Hall on May 2nd and will be broadcast live on HBO as well as the SiriusXM Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio station. Tickets will go on sale February 27th.