Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to induct The Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, and more in an exclusive HBO special

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's induction ceremony has been replaced with an exclusive HBO special.

The live special will air on HBO and HBO Max, November 7, at 8 p.m. ET.

The Notorious B.I.G. is the only rapper to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. He'll be inducted with the legendary Whitney Houston.  Other inductees include rock acts Depeche ModeNine Inch NailsThe Doobie Brothers and T-Rex, as well as famed music executives Jon Landau and Irving Azoff. Each inductee will be honored with an exhibit at the Rock Hall museum on August 14.

Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G., had a short but impactful career before he was shot multiple times and killed in a drive-by shooting in 1997, at 24 years old. The Brooklyn rapper gained exposure after signing to Sean Diddy Combs's Bad Boy Record label. His albums, "Ready to Die" and "Life After Death," are considered two of hip-hop's most influential, leaving behind hits like "Big Poppa" and "One More Chance," and one of his best-known records, "Juicy."

The 35th annual Rock & Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on May 2 in Cleveland but was postponed due to coronavirus pandemic. Those who purchased tickets via Ticketmaster will automatically be issued refunds to their accounts. Next year's 36th annual ceremony will take place in the fall as well, returning to Cleveland in 2021.

By Rachel George
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