Whitney Houston and Notorious BIG nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Whitney Houston and the Notorious BIG are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2020 class.

The musical icons are first-time nominees alongside Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, The Doobie Brothers, T Rex and Thin Lizzy.

The 35th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on 2 May 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Between five and seven acts are usually inducted following a vote by 1,000 people, including the likes of performers, music historians and industry experts. Fans are able to vote online.

Acts are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording.

Houston, who died in 2012 at the age of 48, released her debut album in 1985.

She also won six Grammy awards and is widely thought of as one of the greatest singers of all time, known for hits including I Will Always Love You and I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

Notorious BIG, real name Christopher Wallace, released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994.

He was killed in 1997, just over two weeks before the release of his second album, Life After Death.

Some of his best known hits include Hypnotize, Stay With Me and Mo Money Mo Problems.

The other nominees in the 2020 class are Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Todd Rundgren.

The official inductees will be announced in January.