Nirvana nominated for rock hall of fame
Candidates must have released their debut album or single at least 25 years before 2012 to be eligible
Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. The late singer’s band joins Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and pop duo Hall and Oates as nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2014 class. Photograph: Time Life Pictures/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
Alternative rock band Nirvana, singers Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens, and pop duo Hall and Oates led nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2014 class, the foundation that runs the music museum said today.
It will be the first year of eligibility for Nirvana, which helped usher in the grunge rock era of the early and mid-1990s characterized by its fusion of heavy metal with punk rock.
Other nominees include US rock groups Kiss, alternative pioneers the Replacements and early rock guitarist Link Wray, along with British rock bands Yes, Deep Purple and the Zombies, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement.
Cat Stevens now performs under the name Yusuf Islam.
American rapper LL Cool J and gangster rap pioneers N.W.A., which helped launch the solo careers of rapper-producer Dr Dre and rappers Ice Cube and Easy-E, were the only hip-hop artists to garner nominations.
US disco band Chic, funk band the Meters and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band also received nominations for the second consecutive year.
Candidates for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum - based in Cleveland, Ohio - must have released their debut album or single at least 25 years before 2012 to be eligible.
For the second year, the Hall of Fame will allow fans to vote on which artists and groups will be inducted at rockhall.com/vote and other websites.
Fans have until December 10th to pick their favorites.
Inductees will be announced shortly after the voting closes and will also be chosen by some 600 members of the foundation, which includes past inductees.