Get ready for plenty of discussion and controversy, with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announcing the nominees for their Class of 2020 today.

Ever since 1986, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame have been inducting those famous musicians who have made the music world what it is into their hallowed ranks.

Of course, these inductees are not without controversy, with fans and musicians alike criticising the process for either overlooking big names, or for meaning little in the grand scheme of things.

Earlier this year, we saw a veritable who’s-who of music added to the ranks, with The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and The Zombies all scoring recognition.

Now, the annual list of nominees has been released, and it’s sure to cause a great deal of discussion amongst music fans.

Featuring 16 names, this year’s list of nominees is something of a rarity, with more than half of those listed receiving the nod for the first time.

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This year’s debut nominees include the likes of Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Soundgarden, T.Rex, and Thin Lizzy. Meanwhile, Judas Priest and Todd Rundgren score a nomination for the second time.

The list also includes a bunch of “frequent flyers” as it were, with Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails receiving their third nod, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan their fourth, MC5 receiving their fifth, and German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk being nominated for a sixth time.

For an artist to be eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, an artist’s first album or single needs to have been released in 1994 or earlier. With The Dave Matthews Band and The Notorious B.I.G. both releasing their first albums that year, being nominated in their first year of eligibility is no mean feat.

While fans can have their say at the official website, the voting pool will consist of more than 1,000 artists, historians, journalists, and music industry insiders all picking those who will make up the Class of 2020.

The new inductees will be announced in January, with an official ceremony set to take place on May 2nd, 2020. Stay tuned for more controversy in regards to snubs, and to see which artists will perform at next year’s ceremony.

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2020 Nominees

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