The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2020 nominees, including nine first-timers like Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., Dave Matthews Band, Pat Benatar, Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, Soundgarden, T. Rex, and the Doobie Brothers. Rounding out the 16 nominees are returning contenders Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk (nominated six times prior), Todd Rundgren, and MC5 (nominated five times prior). To be considered, acts must have released their first commercial work at least 25 years ago.
Introducing your #RockHall2020 Nominees ?
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) October 15, 2019
Ballots to determine final induction voting will be sent to roughly 1,000 artists, historians, and other members of the music industry. Last year, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Def Leppard, The Zombies, and Roxy Music were all inducted into the Hall of Fame at the annual star-studded ceremony, now held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.