Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. get 1st Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominations

PHOTO: Notorious B.I.G. and singer Whitney Houston are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 2020 class.PlayAP, FILE
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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees up for induction in 2020.

Sixteen artists are eligible for the honor, nine of which have been nominated for the first time: The Doobie Brothers, Pat Benatar, late pop superstar Whitney Houston, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, Dave Matthews Band, Soundgarden, Motörhead and late rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

PHOTO: Notorious B.I.G. and singer Whitney Houston are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 2020 class. AP, FILE
Notorious B.I.G. and singer Whitney Houston are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2020 class.

Rounding out the ballot are Todd Rundgren, Depeche Mode, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk and MC5, all of whom have been nominated at least once before.

Of the first-time nominees, glam-rockers T. Rex have been eligible for induction since 1994, while both The Doobie Brothers' and Thin Lizzy's first year of eligibility was 1997.

Influential German electronic group Kraftwerk has received the most previous nominations, having been on the Rock Hall ballot for induction five times previously.

Artists need to have released their first "commercial recording" at least 25 years ago to be eligible.

If Benatar gets inducted, her husband and longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo will enter the Rock Hall with her.

Starting today and continuing through Jan. 10, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET, you can vote for your favorite nominees at RockHall.com, via Google by searching "Rock Hall Fan Vote" or any nominee name, or at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland. The five artists with the most votes will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be counted along with the voting committee's ballots.

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2, 2020.

For more info, visit RockHall.com.