After 10 years of eligibility, Whitney Houston received her first nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week. While there’s no guarantee that nomination will make her a part of the Rock Hall Class of 2020 when the induction ceremony goes down May 2 in Cleveland, Ohio, you can’t deny the indelible impact the once-in-a-generation vocal dynamo left on culture in her all-too-brief lifetime.
With 11 No. 1s and 23 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, Houston was a hitmaker whose art elevated pop, R&B, gospel and influenced artists across a wide swath of genres. Following her nomination, Clive Davis -- the industry legend who helped make Houston one of the best-selling artists in history and is himself a Rock Hall inductee -- spoke to Billboard about her chances and why it “defies logic” that it’s taken her this long to get nominated.