×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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)

More Music

  • Pete Buttigieg Show Business Donations

    Mayor Pete Buttigieg Is Totally Up for Booking Phish For His Inauguration

    Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign seems to be going Phish-ing… in the best possible sense. (Unless you just hate the band Phish so much there is no best possible sense.) The Democratic presidential candidate has previously indicated his love for the group, and when a reporter suggested Phish play at his theoretical swearing-in festivities in 2021, [...]

  • Amazon

    Amazon Music’s Free Tier Is More Advertising Play Than Spotify Killer, Analysts Say

    When news began to spread last week that Amazon Music’s long-anticipated free streaming tier was imminent, headlines emerged about its threat to Spotify and Apple Music, with some stories saying that Spotify’s stock price dropped in response to the news. But not only was today’s launch of the free tier basically a soft one — [...]

  • Nicki MinajCFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Dinner,

    Nicki Minaj Parts Ways With Longtime Managers (EXCLUSIVE)

    Nicki Minaj has parted ways with Gee Roberson and Cortez Bryant and Blueprint/ Maverick Management, a source close to the situation confirms to Variety. She had worked with the pair for the majority of her career. The source says the decision was mutual and amicable, and there was no specific reason for the split, adding [...]

  • Amazon

    Amazon Music Launches Free Streaming Tier, Through Alexa Only (for Now)

    Amazon Music today basically soft-launched its free streaming tier, in which U.S. customers of its Alexa voice assistant will have access to top Amazon Music playlists and thousands of stations, at no cost. The limited access that the new free service provides — it’s only available through Alexa, and when the listener requests a song, [...]

  • Donald Glover and Adidas Launch Short

    Donald Glover and Adidas Launch Partnership With New Shoes and Short Films (Watch)

    Donald Glover and Adidas Originals today announced Donald Glover Presents, a creative partnership that unveiled a new line of shoes and a series of brief — and very funny — films to accompany them. (Watch them below.) Donald Glover Presents reimagines threeAadidas styles, the Nizza, the Continental 80, and the Lacombe. The shoes feature uneven [...]

  • Cypress Hill Walk of Fame Honor

    For Cypress Hill, Stoned Is the Way of the Walk of Fame

    The skunky smell is a familiar one. Inside the Cypress Hill tour bus, a thick cloud of smoke billows in the air. It’s the Los Angeles hip-hop group’s 30th year and they’re being rewarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6201 Hollywood Blvd.). They’ll probably refer to it as their Hollyweed [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content