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The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Aren't Very Rock and Roll

Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. will both be posthumously inducted.

The 2020 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced.

It's a big year for posthumous inductions; Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G.—who died in 2012 and 1997, respectively—will both be welcomed into the Rock Hall. Biggie will be the second-ever solo rapper inducted, following Tupac Shakur. Joining him and Houston are Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, and Nine Inch Nails, the latter of which were sampled last year for the longest-reigning No. 1 hit in history.

"I'm actually quite surprised," NIN frontman Trent Reznor told Rolling Stone about the big news. "When I look back at how Nine Inch Nails are received, it always seems like we fall between the cracks or we're not in this category or 'that thing.' I don't know if it's a defense mechanism, but I just assumed we'd stay in that category, so I'm pleasantly surprised to see us acknowledged. It feels pretty good."

Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, and Thin Lizzy were all on the ballot for this year's Rock Hall but didn't earn enough votes for the induction.

This year's inductees and nominees represent a wide array of genres, from Houston's R&B to the innovative electronica of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode's synthy new-wave. All acts considered, it seems this Rock Hall might be its least rock-centered batch of artists yet. Perhaps rock's not dead, per se, just over the limitations of genres.

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6 Times Inductees Didn't Give a F*ck About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Ironically, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not very rock n' roll.

While it's rare to hear anyone excited about anything that happens in Cleveland, the music world is abuzz with news of the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is among the top honors any musician can hope to achieve, and past inductees include a wide range of icons from Bob Dylan to Etta James to The Grateful Dead. This year's honorees include Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy. Those who receive the most votes will be inducted May 2nd, 2020 at a ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall.

While fans and media personnel take the Hall of Fame very seriously, it's not uncommon for rock stars to display nothing but nonchalance and cool when faced with this great honor, or even to snub it altogether—which, honestly, is pretty rock and roll. So, in celebration of the 2020 nominees, we've compiled a list of times musical icons didn't give a f*ck about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1. Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren, among the 2020 nominees, met news of this honor with a simple, "No comment." This is the second year in a row Rundgren has been nominated, and many consider it a major slight that he has yet to be included in the hall of fame. He told Billboard last year: "I didn't expect it and have never cared about it. The hardest thing was keeping my fans' expectations within reasonable bounds because they are very naive about it. I'm not; It's some weird Illuminati thing and nobody understands how it works and who does the voting and the nominee selections and all that sort of crap.

I'm not looking for some organization to acknowledge me, somehow. Besides, the Hall of Fame doesn't make any sense to me because musicians don't have to retire. Athletes retire, and that's when they go into the Hall of Fame, because they're not playing anymore. But everybody (the Rock Hall) is inducting now is still playing, so how can you say you've got the measure of them? You don't. So, no, I really don't care."