Nirvana, KISS top 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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Nirvana and KISS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Joining them as members of the Class of 2014 will be Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens.

The E Street Band, Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen’s legendary backing band, will receive the “Award for Music Excellence”, while former Beatles manager Brian Epstein and former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will also be honored via the Ahmet Ertegun award.

The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event will be open to the public with tickets expected to go on sale next month. It will also be filmed for a later broadcast on HBO.

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 700 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Voters are comprised of all past inductees, musicians, historians, critics and members of the music industry. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording. For this year’s Inductions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again offered fans the opportunity to officially participate in the selection process. The public was able to cast votes online for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a “fans’ ballot” that was tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 Inductees. According to the Hall of Fame, three of the top five artists from the fans ballot will be inducted in 2014.

Nirvana were inducted on their first year of eligibility for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“For once… I’m speechless,” declared Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in a press release. “From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to… the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’d like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock and roll. Most of all, thank you to all of the fans that have supported rock and roll throughout the years, and to Kurt and Krist, without whom I would not be here today.”

“This is a great honor,” added bassist Krist Novoselic. “Thank you to the people who nominated and voted for us. Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain. And to everyone who’s kept Rock music going strong for 60 years and counting.”

KISS, who had long been nominated for the honor, were equally excited upon hearing the news. Founding member and bassist Gene Simmons said in a statement, “To the KISS Army, Ace, Peter, Eric Carr, Vinnie, Mark, Bruce, Tommy and Eric Singer, Bill Aucoin, Doc McGhee and to my partner of 40 years, the ever youthful Paul Stanley…and all the members of the KISS Family. This honor is for you. 40 years of Rockin’ and still going strong.”

Of course, many KISS fans are wondering if the band will reunite with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for a performance at the ceremony. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Simmons said “sure, why not?” when asked about such a reunion before adding “they were equally important in the formation of the band.”

This will be the second induction for Gabriel, who was inducted in 2010 as a member of Genesis.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, will also open a special exhibit on the 2014 Inductees in conjunction with the 2014 Induction Ceremony. The Museum is a nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll’s cultural influence through its exhibits, public events, educational programs and a world-class Library and Archives.

Falling short of the induction were 2014 nominees the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, LL Cool J, The Meters, N.W.A., The Replacements, Link Wray, Yes and The Zombies.

The 2013 Rock and Roll of Fame Induction Class was comprised of Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer.

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