The 16 nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 were announced Tuesday, and a whopping nine of them — most notably two of the only three female artists on the ballot, Whitney Houston and Pat Benatar — are first-time nominees.
The other first-time nominees this year are the Notorious B.I.G., the Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, Soundgarden, T. Rex, and Thin Lizzy.
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The next batch of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in January after more than 1,000 members cast their votes; fans also can vote on the Rock Hall’s website. The 2020 induction ceremony will take place May 2 in Cleveland, where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located.