2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, Notorious B.I.G.

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On Sunday night, November 8th HBO aired the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction. The 2020 class of inductees in the performer category are: Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex. With the passing of Whitney Houston eight years ago, it’s a bittersweet feeling as a longtime fan of hers that she was not inducted while she was alive. But better late, than never. Houston’s hits such as “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (1987), “Greatest Love of All” (1985), “So Emotional” (1987), and “How Will I Know” (1985) are the love songs that 80s kids grew up on. I still remember Whitney’s videos, so fun and full of girly energy. Like in the “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” video Whitney’s wearing form fitting bodycon dresses in bright colors, long stresses, jumping up and down in heels while her boy dancers move around her. I remember Whitney’s iconic album covers, her face was beautiful, her skin was always glowing. The image of pop princess was crafted for her, and she was America’s musical sweetheart throughout the 80s and 90s.

Depeche Mode is a rock band best known for songs such as “People Are People”(1984), “Enjoy the Silence” (1990), “Personal Jesus”(1989), “Never Let Me Down Again”(1987), “Strangelove” (1987), and others. My favorite is “People Are People.” It has the classic pop rock sound featuring sound synthesizer and techno beats that we grew to love from 80s music.

The Notorious B.I.G. , the larger than life artist who hailed from Bed-Stuy Brooklyn was also a 2020 inductee. Also known as Biggie Smalls, the rapper’s songs such as “Juicy” (1994), “Big Poppa” (1994), “Party & Bullshit” (1993), “Who Shot Ya” (1994), “Unbelievable,” (1994) and others helped formed the genre of 90s “bad boy” era hip hop that also included Crag Mack, Mase, Junior Mafia, Lil Kim and other artists. The 2009 film “Notorious” chronicled the rapper’s life from his early beginnings doing freestyles on the streets of Brooklyn to his rise to stardom with Bad Boy Records. Big’s son, Regarding his father’s induction, CJ remarked in a recent interview, “…He should’ve been inducted the same year as Pac, it would’ve been crazy at the same time. This is a great class: him, Whitney [Houston]. … It cements his place, not just in hip-hop, but in music culture as a poet, as an artist, as a writer, visionary, creative…”Christopher Wallace Jr. (CJ) launched the Think B.I.G. initiative in March of 2018 which promotes criminal justice reform.

Click to learn more about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductees.

What other artists do you think should be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Comment below or tweet me @duewafrazier1. Visit my website at www.duewaworld.com.

Writer, poet, podcaster, children’s/YA/MG author, TEDx “Word is Bond” speaker. Nerd-in-Chief at Nerdacity Podcast. Educator & commentator. www.duewaworld.com

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