CREATED Dec. 17, 2013
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will he honoring an eclectic group of musicians when the Hall's class of 2014 is inducted next spring. Among those selected for inclusion are: KISS, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. (Springsteen himself was inducted in 1999. Gabriel's former band, Genesis, was inducted in 2010, but Gabriel did not attend that ceremony.)
In non performer categories, 2014 inductees will be Beatles manager Brian Epstein, often called "the fifth Beatle," and Rolling Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham.
Nirvana was elected to the hall with its very first nomination, Billboard
reports. The other performers have been eligible in the past.
"KISS, whose absence has been widely protested by fans, was reportedly the top vote-getter in the fan vote for the Rock Hall, snagging 17.2% of the nearly 1.4 million votes cast," according to Billboard. "Nirvana was second at 15.69%." The fan vote was cast as an additional ballot alongside the Hall's more than 700 professional votes.
John Oates of Hall & Oates tells Billboard, "I felt that the Rock Hall, the powers that be, had a point of view and that we didn't fit into that point of view and it didn't bother me because if that's how it is, that's how it is. I kept saying, 'If it happens it happens, and if it does it's going to be great.' So I'm really going to enjoy it and I think it's a great class . . . The artists are really cool and I'm honored to be in this particular class and with all the other prior inductees." Oates also said he and partner Daryl Hall owe a debt to syndicated TV host Rachael Ray, who was among those campaigning for the duo's induction.
Other nominees who were not selected for inclusion this year included Deep Purple, the Meters, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, the Zombies, the Replacements and rap acts LL Cool J and N.W.A.
The ceremony will take place April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.It will be filmed by HBO for a May telecast. Additionally, the Cleveland museum in will open a special exhibit dedicated to the 2014 inductees early in the new year.