He said: “I congratulate Puffy on The Notorious B.I.G. I vividly remember the day when we made our deal with Bad Boy Records. He played me three or four cuts of the then-unknown Notorious B.I.G.”
The six inductees beat the 10 other acts — Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motorhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy — who made it onto the ballot list but failed to get enough votes to make it through.
This year’s induction ceremony will take place in May at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.