Whitney Houston is amongst several acts due to be posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year.

The late star, who died in 2012 at the age of 48, will be joined by rapper The Notorious B.I.G. and Marc Bolan and his T-Rex bandmates. Bolan died in 1977.

Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and The Doobie Brothers will also be inducted this year.

The six chosen acts were selected from a shortlist of 16, which included Dave Matthews Band, Kraftwerk and Thin Lizzy.

Tribute performances to the acts no longer with us are expected to take place at the ceremony in Ohio on May 2nd, while the others are expected to perform live.

Depeche Mode released a statement saying: "We’re honoured to be included as one of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and to stand alongside the other incredible acts in the Rock Hall and those joining this year. ‘A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us and our music over the years."

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor said that he was 'pleasantly surprised' by the honour. "I’m pretty freaked out," he said. "I’m quite in shock. When I look back at how Nine Inch Nails are received, it always seems like we fall between the cracks. I don’t know if it’s a defence mechanism, but I just assumed we’d stay in that category, so I’m pleasantly surprised to see us acknowledged. It feels pretty good."