Over the weekend, music legends, Whitney Houston and B.I.G. were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
The induction ceremony aired on HBO over the weekend and for the first time, the ceremony was held virtually.
Sean “Diddy” Combs presented the Notorious B.I.G with this honor saying, “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him…They say that time heals all wounds, I kind of wait for that day. I also think that time doesn’t heal some wounds. Some things you have to live with.”
Combs added, “Nobody has come close to the way Biggie sounds, the way he raps, the frequency that he hits.”
The mini-documentary that featured artists Jay-Z, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Nas was featured with Jay-Z saying, “B.I.G. was a brilliant song writer. He just made movies almost like Hitchcock. There were these tales that were disturbing, but they all had a purpose.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda stated, “He had this incredible, deep bass voice, but he wielded it like a virtuoso, and he could paint a picture with as few words as possible and sets the entire scene.”
In addition, Nas had this to say, Nas said, “He represented the Black experience. When they tell him, ‘No, your hair doesn’t work, you can’t dress like that, you can’t talk like that, you can’t be,’ he said, ‘F— that. Not only am I gonna be, I’m gonna be the best.’”
We got to see Biggie’s children, Tyanna and CJ Wallace accepted this honor on his behalf.
Whitney Houston was the final inductee of the night. Alicia Keys honored her saying, “Whitney Houston is one of one. There is no one like her, and there never will be. I remember growing up listening to her music and dancing around the house and jumping on my bed, singing her songs into my hairbrush. This golden voice with range and runs and power like none other with a face and presence like royalty.”
She added, “We all know how her unprecedented success brought Black women into the highest reaches of the music industry’s pantheon. We all know that her music will live forever. That music, that everlasting voice, is her final, generous gift to us.”
Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy Houston and her sister-in-law/manager Pat Houston said, “This is something that Whitney always wanted. I remember in 2009 we were in London and Whitney looked at me and said, ‘There’s only one thing missing: I got to get the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.’ This moment proves it: that there’s only one, matchless Whitney Houston. And tonight, she would’ve been very proud and honored to receive this award.”
Congratulations to these icons!