The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed the list of inductees for this year’s event. The class of 2020 looks to be one of the most eclectic yet.
The inductees are Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and The Doobie Brothers are all to be awarded the honour during a ceremony later this year
Sadly, the winners of the fan vote, Dave Matthews Band, will have to wait until 2021 for their next chance at being inducted, with fellow finalists Soundgarden, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Kraftwerk, Thin Lizzy, and Todd Rundgren all missing out.
Next year a committee of 1,000 artists, historians, and music industry members, as well as a fan vote, will determine the list of inductees. To be eligible, artists’ first recording must be at least 25 years old.
The star-studded ceremony will take place on May 2nd at the Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s a ceremony that turned the head of new inductee NIN’s Trent Reznor. The singer had previously shared his dismay at being nominated for the accomplishment, yet after performing at The Cure’s induction, he’s seemingly changed his mind.
He told CoS, “It ended up being a pretty cool experience and I thought, ‘Alright, it doesn’t feel as bulls**t as I kind of snarkily dismissed it as.’ I don’t have any problem admitting I’ve changed my opinion about something.”
The artist has also been talking about his own induction, Reznor told Rolling Stone, “I’m pretty freaked out. I’m quite in shock. When I look back at how Nine Inch Nails are received, it always seems like we fall between the cracks. I don’t know if it’s a defense mechanism, but I just assumed we’d stay in that category, so I’m pleasantly surprised to see us acknowledged. It feels pretty good … I’m allowing myself, for a limited period of time, to feel good about this.”