Rock Hall of Fame: Notorious BIG, Whitney Houston, Soundgarden Lead Nominees

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Rufus featuring Chaka Khan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Aside from Soundgarden and Motorhead, other first time Rock Hall nominees include the Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, the Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy and Whitney Houston. The other seven are attempting to land in the hall after previous tries: Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Kraftwerk, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, MC5 and Todd Rundgren.

To be eligible for this year's ballot, each nominee's first single or album had to be released in 1994 or earlier. Fans can take part in the induction selection process by casting votes here.

The artists inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 were Radiohead, The Cure, Janet Jackson, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, and The Zombies.

Fan favorites from varying genres could end up together in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2020.

Inductees are chosen following a survey of more than 1,000 musicians, historians and industry members, who consider an act's career work, innovation, skill and influence in voting in new members. Judas Priest has also gone through many changes, but Les Binks, K. K. Downing, Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Dave Holland, Glenn Tipton and Scott Travis are the only ones on the ballot.

The rest of the nominees have been nominated before but not made the final cut.

The Class of 2020 will be enshrined in ceremonies at Cleveland's Public Hall on Saturday, May 2.

To vote, beginning October 15 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. ET on January 10, 2020, fans can go to Google and search "Rock Hall Fan Vote" or any nominee name plus "vote" to cast a ballot with Google, vote at rockhall.com, or at the Museum in Cleveland. To be eligible for nomination, an artist has to have released their first "commercial recording" at least 25 years prior. The top five vote getters will then comprise the "fan ballot" that will be tallied alongside the worldwide voting body of artists, music historians and members of the music industry.

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