The inductees of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2014 have been announced. Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will all join the class of 2014.
Nirvana make it into the Rock Hall in their first year of eligibility. In order to be eligible for induction, artists need to have released their first single or album 25 years ago. The iconic grunge band’s first single “Love Buzz” arrived in 1988. Lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of the band Curt Cobain, committed suicide at the age of 27 in April 1994 at his home in Seattle. The band’s surviving members will receive the award.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Joel Peresman says about Nirvana’s induction:
“That’s really no surprise to me,”
“People see the relevancy of that band.”
Regarding the surviving members performing at the 2014 ceremony:
“We’re just getting into the creative of the show, so I don’t know what’s going to happen with that performance. They have to figure it out.”
KISS finally made the cut after being overlooked for the last 15 years. The American rock band has been lighting up stages since 1973, they have only been nominated once before. Gabriel was previously inducted as a member of Genesis in 2010. Hall & Oates, Linda Rondstadt and Cat Stevens, along with the E Street Band (Bruce Springsteen’s backing group) receiving the Award for Musical Excellence.
The ceremony will be held on April 10, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The event will also air on HBO in May. Deep Purple were among the top 5 front-runners to be inducted at one stage during the voting process. Additional nominees not inducted this year are Yes and the Replacements. Check out the full list of nominees.
Additional Source: Rollingstone.com