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Nirvana, KISS, Cat Stevens Among 2014 Rock Hall of Fame Inductees

Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt also set for recognition at April 29 ceremony

In a list heavy with make-good honors, grunge pioneer Nirvana is the sole act among 2014 inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to be recognized in their first year of eligibility.

The Aberdeen, Wash.-bred trio will be joined in the Cleveland-based facility next year by U.K. singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, Philadelphia blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates, flamboyant hard rock unit KISS, country-rock vocalist Linda Ronstadt and singer-songwriter Cat Stevens.

Recognized with Ahmet Ertegun Awards, presented to non-performers, are Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ late manager, and Andrew Loog Oldham, manager of the Rolling Stones during their ‘60s heyday. Bruce Springsteen’s longtime backup group the E Street Band will receive the Award for Musical Excellence, presented to sidemen and instrumentalists.

The 29th induction ceremony will take place on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and telecast on HBO in May.

Though Rock Hall nominees are eligible 25 years after the release of their first record, all the 2014 inductees other than Nirvana had long been denied recognition. Stevens (who began his recording career in 1967) and KISS (who released their debut album in 1974) were repeat nominees. First-timers (Daryl) Hall & (John) Oates made their recording bow in 1972.

As ever, sentiment played into some of the accolades. Ronstadt, who was acknowledged following her first nod for solo work dating back to 1969, announced in August that she had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Gabriel was previously inducted into the hall in 2010 for his work as lead singer for the British progressive rock act Genesis.

Trailblazing funk/disco unit Chic failed to make the hall despite its eighth nomination in 10 years, while guitarist Link Wray, who has been eligible for induction for three decades, was similarly passed over by voters.

Fans were again part of the balloting mix, as online votes for the top five artists selected by the public were tallied along with selections from more than 600 music biz insiders to select the 2014 inductees.

(Pictured: Nirvana, left, and KISS)

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