Whitney Houston, Biggie Among Rock Hall Of Fame Inductees

 

Pop icon Whitney Houston and rapper The Notorious B.I.G. are among this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the institution announced Wednesday.

The late legends are joined by the synth-pop act Depeche Mode and the industrial experimental group Nine Inch Nails, along with the 1970s rockers The Doobie Brothers and English glam rock band T-Rex.

The 2020 class is marked by legendary artists who died young.

The Notorious B.I.G. — a pride of New York, widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time — was inducted in his first year of eligibility, which comes 25 years after the release of an act’s first commercial recording.

The artist born Christopher Wallace and colloquially known as Biggie was murdered in 1997 in Los Angeles at age 24, in a still-murky shooting that some speculated was part of a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers.

Houston, the most awarded female artist of all time, died at 48 years old in 2012 after a public struggle with drugs, following a decade that saw her go from America’s sweetheart to tabloid drama queen.

The induction of Houston and Biggie mark a continuation of the institution’s broadening acceptance of genres into its ranks. Recent classes have included the rapper Tupac Shakur, Radiohead and Janet Jackson.

The organization founded in the early 1980s has faced criticism over the years, however, for its lack of diversity and limited recognition of women.

During last year’s gala, Jackson brought up the issue in her acceptance speech, saying “2020 — please induct more women.”

But just three women were among the short-list of potentials this year: Houston, who made the cut, along with Pat Benatar and Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan.

The new class of inductees will be celebrated with the annual star-powered ceremony set for May 2 in the Hall of Fame’s home city of Cleveland, Ohio.

Inductees are chosen following a survey of more than 1,000 musicians, historians and industry members, who consider an act’s career work, innovation, skill and influence in voting in new members.

AFP

Whitney Houston, Biggie Among Rock Hall Of Fame Potentials

 

First time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. topped this year’s short-list of potential inductees, the institution announced Tuesday.

The late music icons are among 16 acts vying for a coveted spot, joined by performers and groups including Soundgarden, Depeche Mode, Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar and The Doobie Brothers.

This year’s field is marked by three legendary artists who died young.

The Notorious B.I.G. — a pride of New York, widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time — was nominated in his first year of eligibility, which comes 25 years after the release of an act’s first commercial recording.

The artist born Christopher Wallace and colloquially known as Biggie was murdered in 1997 in Los Angeles at age 24, in a still-murky shooting that some speculated was part of a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers.

Houston, the most awarded female artist of all time, died at 48 years old in 2012 after a public struggle with drugs, following a decade that saw her go from America’s sweetheart to tabloid drama queen.

And the first nomination after several years of eligibility of seminal grunge act Soundgarden includes former frontman Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in 2017 at the age of 52.

The new class of inductees will be announced in January 2020, with the annual star-powered ceremony set for May 2 in the hall of fame’s home city of Cleveland, Ohio.

Germany’s electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk are also up for the honor, with Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, MC5, Todd Rundgren, T.Rex and Thin Lizzy rounding out the pack.

Inductees are chosen following a survey of more than 1,000 musicians, historians and industry members, who consider an act’s career work, innovation, skill and influence in voting in new members.

Goldie leaves the Big Brother Stargame

The only remaining Nigerian housemate in the Big Brother Africa, Goldie Harvey was on Sunday night evicted from the Stargame.

Big Brother presenter IK first broke the good news to Lady May and Kyle that they had been saved by Africa, then Goldie was unfortunately told that she had become the latest eviction victim from the house.

She was called onto the stage where she appeared in an emotional state, IK(presenter) tried comforting her. She could not fight her emotions after realizing that her struggle for the US$300,000 has come to an end.

Goldie was speechless even her last words could not be heard during her interview on the live show.
Goldie was shown a video clip of the nominations in the diary room while crying Goldie couldn’t believe that of the two votes that took her to the chopping block, Keitta‘s was inclusive.

An angry Goldie showed how disappointed she was to see that Keitta the person she was caring for put her up for possible eviction.

With so much pain Goldie responded, ” Oh my God, I have been cooking for Keitta, looking after him but he nominated me?” Goldie said while crying live on stage.

A brief chart below shows how Africa voted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angola: Prezzo

Botswana: Lady May

Ghana: Kyle

Kenya: Prezzo

Liberia: Prezzo

Malawi: Kyle

Namibia: Lady May

Nigeria: Goldie

South Africa: Kyle

Sierra Leone: Kyle

Tanzania: Prezzo

Uganda: Kyle

Zambia: Kyle

Zimbabwe: Lady May

Rest of Africa: Goldie

Total: Kyle = 6; Prezzo = 4, Lady May = 3, Goldie = 2. (Total: 15 Votes)