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Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame


Courtesy The Rock and Roll Hall of FameWhitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan are among the artists announced Tuesday morning as nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Whitney and Biggie are on the ballot for the first time. Rufus and Chaka were previously on the ballot for the classes of 2012, 2018 and 2019.

In 2006, Houston, a six-time Grammy winner, set Guinness World Records for the Best-Selling Album by a Female Artist, for The Bodyguard soundtrack, and Best-Selling Single by a Female Artist, for “I Will Always Love You,” from the same album.

As for Biggie, the Brooklyn MC born Christopher George Latore Wallace remains one of the most influential hip-hop artists in history despite only releasing two studio albums, Ready to Die in 1994 and Life After Death in 1997. His murder in 1997 at the age of 24 still remains unsolved. Biggie’s life story was told in the 2009 biopic, Notorious.  He also received Grammy nominations for his classics “Big Poppa” and “Hypnotize,” and Life After Death was also up for Best Rap Album.

If Biggie’s inducted, he’ll become only the second rapper in the Hall of Fame, following the late Tupac Shakur, who became a member in 2017.

Rufus released six albums with Chaka Khan, the first in 1973 and the last in 1981, of which four went gold and two, platinum.  The group won two Grammys: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Tell Me Something Good,” and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Ain’t Nobody.” 

You can cast your vote now through January 10, 2020 for the artists you believe should win Hall of Fame induction — details are on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website.

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