It makes sense that the singer considered as one of the best vocalists in a generation and the hip hop artist arguably crowned the best rapper of all time would be enshrined on the same day to the famed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
According to The Associated Press, Whitney Houston, and Christopher Wallace AKA The Notorious B.I.G., have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony that aired over the weekend on HBO.
Just last month, Houston made history as the first Black artist to have three diamond-certified albums, while The Notorious B.I.G. took part in a little history of his own when Sotheby’s presented the first-ever hip-hop auction, which featured B.I.G.’s crown.
Houston was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Grammy-Award winning songwriter and singer, Alicia Keys.
“We all know what a miraculous singer Whitney was, perhaps the greatest voice of all-time. We all know how her unprecedented success brought Black women into the absolute highest reaches of the music industry’s pantheon,” said Keys. “We all know that her music will live forever — that music, that everlasting voice is her final generous gift to us. And she will now be one of the brightest lights ever to shine in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
The man who signed The Notorious B.I.G. to his burgeoning label, Bad Boy Records, had the honor of inducting his friend.
“Nobody has come close to the way Biggie sounds, to the way he raps, to the frequency that he hits. Tonight, we are inducting the greatest rapper of all-time,” Diddy said.
According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the 2020 inductees were: Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and the Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees were Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.