WHITNEY HOUSTON AND THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME
By: CaraG @ExclusivelyCaraG
Legendary music icons, Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 7. This year’s induction ceremony aired as an “exclusive special” on HBO. The 2020 inductee class included The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails, T-Rex, Depeche Mode, and more! The ceremony emphasized the 2020 inductees’ contributions to music and the impact on a generation of artists that followed them.
During the ceremony, Alicia Keys paid tribute to the miraculous singer, Whitney Houston. Keys reminisced about Houston’s influence on her life and career, stating, “listening to her music and dancing around the house and jumping on my bed singing her songs into my hairbrush.” “This golden voice with range and runs and power like none and a face and a presence like royalty,” she said. “She was every little girl’s admiration.” She talked about the first time she met Houston and the significance of their friendship, stumbling upon the time that Houston demanded Keys write a song for her.
Cissy and Pat Houston (Whitney’s manager and sister-in-law) accepted Whitney Houston’s
induction on the singer’s behalf. “I’m so very, very proud that Whitney is being inducted into
the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” Cissy said. “She wanted to be something, not anything. She
worked hard at it too.” Find their remarks below, too.
Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie, was inducted by Diddy, who signed the Brooklyn rapper to Bad Boy Records in 1993. “Big just wanted to be biggest, he wanted to be the best, he wanted to have influence and impact people in a positive way, and that clearly has been done all over the world,” Diddy states. “Nobody has come close to the way Biggie sounds, to the way he raps, to the frequency that he hits. Tonight, we are inducting the greatest rapper of all time into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Notorious B.I.G. representing Brooklyn, New York, we up in here!”
The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place virtually. It was delayed due to COVID-19. The pandemic has caused executives to make future adjustments that will permanently impact the event. The show will take place in the Fall instead of the Spring as done previously. It is still unclear whether the show will take place in person next year.