After plans for the first official R&B Hall of Fame museum was announced earlier this week, a list of top singers who have made significant contributions to the genre has been revealed.
Leading the way are the late Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, who both will be immortalized with inductions. Alongside the King of Pop and Houston, the ‘Hall of Fame Class of 2013’ list contains 23 other inductees including R&B Legends like James Brown, Otis Redding, The Temptations, The O’Jays, Gerald Levert and Aretha Franklin.
Reverend Al Sharpton will also be honored with the Ron Banks Humanitarian Award for his support of soul and R&B artists, including his mentor James Brown.
A special induction ceremony will take place on May 5, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.
As far as the museum, construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2013, which gives organizers enough time to find the “right location.”