Whitney Houston has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
By Classic Pop | October 16, 2019
Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album. A final decision will be made in 2020…
Whitney Houston has been nominated for a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a honour she never received in her lifetime.
Despite being one of the biggest stars of the 1980s, she has never previously been put forward for induction, possibly because of her lack of songwriting credits. However, the institution has a history of recognising virtuoso vocalists, including Aretha Franklin, who was the first woman to enter the Hall in 1987.
Houston, whose debut arrived in 1985, is one of 16 nominees for next year’s ceremony, alongside the likes of Depeche Mode, Chaka Khan and Nine Inch Nails. Depeche Mode were also nominated for in 2018.
She is one of several first-time nominees, with The Notorious BIG, Thin Lizzy, T Rex, Motörhead and Pat Benatar all making the ballot for the first time.
More than 1,000 musicians, experts and critics will whittle down the nominees to decide the class of 2020. Fans are also allowed to vote for their favourite act online – with the winner getting one extra ‘vote’ in the final ballot.