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2020 Nominees

The 16 Nominees on the 2020 ballot

The Class of 2020

Congratulations to all 16 Nominees on the Class of 2020 ballot.

Nominated in the Performer category, artists included in this year's Nominee class are:

  • Pat Benatar
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Depeche Mode
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Whitney Houston
  • Judas Priest
  • Kraftwerk
  • MC5
  • Motörhead
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Soundgarden
  • T. Rex
  • Thin Lizzy

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on May 2, 2020 and will be preceded by Induction Week with celebratory events and the opening of the 2020 Inductee exhibit. 

Rock Hall donors and members get exclusive Induction ticket opportunities. Donate or join by January 31, 2020 to be eligible. Visit www.rockhall.com/support  to learn more.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Vote

Cast Your Vote

You can vote once a day through January 10, 2020 and pick up to 5 Nominees per ballot. The top five artists will comprise, a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2020 Inductees. 

Official Class Bios

Get to know the Class of 2020. The Class of 2020 Nominees includes 9 artists on the ballot for the first time: Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy.

Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are among the most formidable power couples in rock history.  Together, they created a sound that deeply impacted the sonic landscape of the 1980s.

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

Supported by a communal fanbase, Dave Matthews Band harnessed an eclectic sound and relentless touring schedule to become one of the biggest bands in the world – and continue to pick up new generations of fans along the way. 

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

Known for their dark, industrial love songs for the modern era, Depeche Mode earned a massive following by pushing sonic and lyrical boundaries with new synthesizer technology and captivating live performances.

Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers

With their hard-rocking rhythms, dual drummer power, and tight three-part vocal harmonies, the Doobie Brothers have been a mainstay in the rock & roll landscape for nearly five decades.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Celebrated as the “greatest singer of her generation,” Whitney Houston’s accomplishments in music were unparalleled.

Judas Priest

Judas Priest

Judas Priest’s powerful sound emanated from a twin guitar attack, driving riffs, soaring operatic vocals and pounding drums.

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk is the foundation upon which all synthesizer-based rock and electronic dance music is built.

MC5

MC5

For the Motor City 5, there was never any doubt that the band’s unapologetic garage rock anthems would be anything but the solution – the fast-rocking truths, raw and revealing about a culture in turmoil. 

Motorhead

Motörhead

Motörhead mixed rock and roll, heavy metal, and punk rock into a blistering cocktail that never let up, never gave in, and inspired a legion of fans around the world.

Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails

NIN juxtaposes the brutal and delicate, chaos and order, nihilistic despair and spiritual rapture.

Notorious BIG

The Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G. prophesied his short, but impactful career with his albums Ready to Die and Life After Death - two of hip-hop's most influential albums

Chaka Khan

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Funky, sexy, cool. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan made an indelible mark on a generation of music.

Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren

A true jack of all trades, Todd Rundgren continues to redefine the sound of rock & roll through genre-melding songwriting and production

Soundgarden

Soundgarden

The first grunge band to release an album with a major label, Soundgarden launched the alternative into the mainstream.

T Rex

T. Rex

T. Rex was a rock and roll comet that graced earth and left behind a new rock style and inspired generations of musicians.

Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy’s classic twin lead guitar harmonies, raw yet poetic lyrics, and energetic live shows defined hard rock.

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