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Whitney Houston (Finally!) Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Whitney Houston

The gay icon takes her place in the annals of music history.

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Whitney Houston has finally been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Over 1,000 members of the music industry voted to include the "It's Not Right but It's Okay" singer in its small but distinguished class of 2020.

In addition to Houston, Nine Inch Nails, Notorious B.I.G., Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, and T-Rex were also inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, according to the Wednesday announcement. The artists will be celebrated in a ceremony on May 2 in Cleveland, where the hall and associated music history museum are located.

Artists are eligible to be nominated for the Hall of Fame at least 25 years after their first recording is released. Houston's debut album, Whitney Houston, was released in 1985, making her a top contender for the Hall of Fame over the past decade.

The Hall of Fame has received high-profile criticism for its lack of diversity. Last year, inductee Janet Jackson used her speech as a call for more inclusion. "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, please, 2020, induct more women," she said. Co-inductee Stevie Nicks also criticized the institution for its lack of female artists.

Houston was one of the most awarded and best-selling artists of all time. She died in 2012 at age 48 after accidentally drowning in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton. Since her death, Houston's former assistant, Robyn Crawford, came forward to reveal that she and the pop icon were lovers and that Houston tragically died in the closet.

"My intent is to lift her legacy and honor my best friend because she is a real person, you know?," Crawford told The Advocate upon the release of her memoir last year. "And let people know this young lady was everything they imagined her to be."

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.