The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the class of 2020, and of the 16 artists shortlisted, nine are first time nominees. Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Motorhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, and Whitney Houston are up for the honor for the first time. Returning nominees are Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan and Todd Rundgren. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will return to its homebase Cleveland, OH for its 35th annual induction ceremony on May 2, 2020 following the 2019 ceremony in Brooklyn, New York. To be eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the artist’s first commercial recording must have been released 25 years prior to the year of induction. Beginning today through Jan. 10, 2020, fans can go to Google and search “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or any nominee’s name plus vote to cast a ballot at Google or vote via RockHall.com. The five artists who receive the most fan votes comprise a fan’s ballot that will be tallied along with the others to determine the 2020 nominees, which will be announced in January 2020. Ticket information for the induction ceremony will be announced at a later date.