It has been a long time coming, but two additional musical greats that have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is the late and great Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G.
The official ceremony of their induction, along with the rest of the 2020 class, took place on Saturday, and their families accepted their awards on their behalf’s and said a few words about their legacies and what it means for them to now be a part of the hall of fame.
Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston and sister-in-law/ manager Pat Houston accepted her award in said in a pre-recorded video, “She wanted to be something, not anything. She worked hard at it too.”
Pat added, “This is something that Whitney always wanted. I remember in 2009 we were in London and Whitney looked at me and said ‘this is really special, but there’s only one thing missing. I got to get the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.’”
Biggie’s daughter Tyanna Wallace said, “When my dad passed away I was only 3-years-old. Even though I didn’t get to know him as well as I wanted, through his fans and our family I was able to see with my own eyes that his music transcended the hip-hop industry. And he was able to not just become the king of New York, but the king of the culture.”
Her brother, CJ Wallace added, “Our father was one of the founding fathers of hip-hop. He helped revolutionized what was a young art form for the black community and the world. I’m honored to share his name, his dedication to black music, creativity, self-expression, and black freedom.”
As we previously reported, an artist’s first commercial recording must have been released 25 years prior to the year of induction into the hall of fame.
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