- 15 Jan 20
Last year's inductees included the Cure, Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks.
Today, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame released its Class of 2020. The list of inductees includes Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails, T. Rex, the Doobie Brothers, and Depeche Mode, who will all be honoured on May 2nd at a ceremony in Cleveland.
The shortlist of nominees who will not be inducted in 2020 include Soundgarden, Mötorhead, Dave Matthews Band (who won the fan vote), Pat Benatar, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Judas Priest, MC5, Kraftwerk, and Irish rock band Thin Lizzy.
It's a disappointment to many Thin Lizzy fans. Online, there is much debate as to whether or not it is acceptable for pop and hip-hop musicians like Whitney and Biggie to be inducted into a Hall of Fame that takes its name from the rock and roll genre, while rock artists like Thin Lizzy are shut out.
The consensus seems to be that the Hall of Fame needs to change its name entirely to be more reflective of the artists who are being inducted, with Twitter user and Thin Lizzy fan @FMRadioMetal writing: "With its ongoing ban on Thin Lizzy, Mötorhead, and Judas Priest, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame needs to take both rock and/or roll out of its name."