Late singers Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston were posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a virtual celebration premiered on HBO.
Amid the pandemic, the 35th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was not the same. The virtual ceremony took place on Saturday during a broadcast that aired on HBO.
The taped special featured stories of music legends, including later rapper Notorious B.I.G. and best-selling musical performer Whitney Houston, who were posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
A STAR-STUDDED EVENT
Acts like Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and T. Rex were also honored as the stories of how they influenced generations after them and made a lasting impact on the music industry was told.
Singer Alicia Keys delivered a touching speech as she inducted Houston into the Rock Hall. Calling her a miraculous singer, Keys lauded her contribution towards bringing Black women to prominence in the music industry.
WHITNEY'S EMOTIONAL INDUCTION
Keys was right when she called her one of the brightest lights that will ever shine in the hall of fame. Houston's mother, Cissy, and aunty Pat accepted the award on the late legend's behalf.
Biggie's son C. J. Wallace said that his father should have been inducted the same year as Tupac Shakur.
According to Cissy, her daughter always wanted to be inducted. The singer once told her mother that getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was the missing piece in her successful life.
Cissy was proud of her daughter and stopped herself from saying too many things about her during the speech because she could already feel the tears coming and did not want to cry.
RAPPERS PAY TRIBUTE TO BIGGIE
As for Notorious B.I.G., aka "Biggie," his close friend and collaborator Diddy did the honors of inducting him. Calling him the greatest rapper of all time, Diddy said nobody has come close to being the force that Biggie was.
During the event, Jay Z also recalled how Biggie had sent him a demo of his second and final album, "Life After Death," which made him worry for himself as an artist, implying how amazing it was.
Jay Z said a human side to the rapper came through in his music and admitted that it pointed him in the right direction. He has no doubts that millions of people worldwide had the same experience.
In a recent interview, Biggie's son C. J. Wallace said that his father should have been inducted the same year as Tupac Shakur. "It's about time," he told Variety.