The Notorious B.I.G. was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Sean “Diddy” Combs during a virtual ceremony broadcast live on HBO and HBO Max on Saturday.
“Big just wanted to be biggest, he wanted to be the best, he wanted to have influence and impact people in a positive way, and that clearly has been done all over the world,” said Diddy, who signed the rapper to theBad Boy Records in 1993.
“Nobody has come close to the way Biggie sounds, to the way he raps, to the frequency that he hits,” he added. “Tonight we are inducting the greatest rapper of all time into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Notorious B.I.G. representing Brooklyn, New York, we up in here.”
JAY-Z, Lil Nas, Lin-Manuel Miranda and B.I.G’s family members also spoke in his honor.
Biggie’s son C.J. recalled how his father, who was one of the founding fathers of hip-hop, helped revolutionize what was a young art form for the Black community and the world.
Originally scheduled to have been held in May in Cleveland, the induction ceremony was postponed to November in the wake of a coronavirus pandemic and was converted into a virtual ceremony.
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