Whitney Houston has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame.
The late music icon – who died in February 2012, aged 48 – was celebrated as a part of a digital occasion for this 12 months’s Corridor of Fame’s inductees.
Cissy Houston, her mom, stated: “I am so very, very proud that Whitney is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame.
“She needed to be one thing – not something. She labored onerous at it, too.”
Pat Houston, her supervisor and sister-in-law, additionally revealed that being inducted into the Corridor of Fame was at all times an ambition for the late star.
Pat shared: “That is one thing Whitney at all times needed.
“I bear in mind in 2009, we had been in London. Whitney checked out me and she or he stated, ‘That is actually particular, however there’s just one factor lacking: I’ve acquired to get the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame.’ This second proper now proves all of it: there’s just one matchless Whitney Houston, and tonight, she could be very proud and honored to obtain this award.”
Elsewhere, the late rapper Infamous B.I.G. was inducted into the Corridor of Fame, too.
His youngsters T’yanna, 27, and CJ, 24, accepted the award on behalf of the hip-hop icon, who was killed in a drive-by taking pictures in 1997.
T’yanna stated: “When my dad handed away, I used to be solely three years outdated. Despite the fact that I did not get to know him in addition to I needed, by way of his followers and our household, I used to be capable of see with my very own eyes that his music transcended the hip-hop business.
“He was capable of turn into not solely the ‘King of New York,’ however the king of the tradition.”
CJ described his dad as “one of many founding fathers of hip-hop”.
He added: “He helped revolutionize what was a younger artform for the black group and the world. I am honored to share his identify and his dedication to black music, creativity, self-expression and black freedom.”
This 12 months’s induction class additionally included 9 Inch Nails, the Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, and T. Rex.
St. Vincent paid tribute to 9 Inch Nails, saying they helped to popularize their model of music.
Talking about their cultural affect, she defined: “9 Inch Nails got here out of the commercial scene of the 80s and made heavy, corrosive, industrial goth music massively standard, and made it one thing that suburban youngsters had been sporting T-shirts of.”
In the meantime, Billy Gibbons paid tribute to Depeche Mode.
He stated: “They’ve achieved an exquisite job seeing issues that we could not have seen earlier than and listening to issues that we had but to listen to.”