Nirvana and KISS Selected For Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.17.2013
Billboard reports that first-time nominee Nirvana along with KISS, Inda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Cat Stevens will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The E Street Band, who many said should have been inducted with Springsteen in 1999, will get the award for music excellence. Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham will get Ahmet Ertegun Awards for non-performers.
KISS was the band with the most votes in the fan vote with 17.2% of the 1.4 million votes cast. Nirvana was second with 15.69%. The fan vote was cast with over 700 professional votes.
John Oates said of his induction: "I will be there with bells on. I'm dusting off my suit, man. 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, so to speak. I think the artists are really cool and I'm honored to be in this particular class and with all the other prior inductees."
Oates said he owes TV host Rachael Ray, who was among the people campaigning for Hall & Oates' induction. He added: "I might go on and kiss her hand if she wants me to. Hell, I'll cook HER something."
Ronstadt seemed more modest earlier this year. She said: "I always thought I couldn't sing very well. I was always very frustrated by it, and I was always sorta disappointed by it, y'know? Everything I did always fell short of my expectations. I wasn't very good when I started, but the good news is I got better. I didn't become the greatest singer in all of pop music, but I became, at least for my time, the most diverse. I wish it had all been better, but it wasn't. It's what it was, and I got to make it better later. I wish the records had been better, but they were as good as I could do at the time."
Other nominees this year included Deep Purple, the Meters, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, the Zombies, the Replacements, LL Cool J and N.W.A. The 2014 ceremony will happen in Brooklyn for the first time after previous inductions were held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. It will also be the first in the New York area open to the public. Tickets go on sale in January with a pre-sale for members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum starting at 11:59 PM on December 31. You can find details here.
The ceremony will be filmed by HBO and broadcast in May. The museum in Cleveland will open a special exhibit for the 2014 inductees early next year.