Seattle grunge legends Nirvana are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, alongside stadium rock giants Kiss and pop-rock duo Hall & Oates.
The annual ceremony will take place on April 10th of next year at Brooklyn Barclays Center and will also include the inductions of psychedelic folk singer/songwriter Cat Stevens, country/pop singer Linda Ronstadt and ex-Genesis frontman turned pop star Peter Gabriel.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after their first recording. Nirvana are to be inducted on the first year of their eligibility, as their first single ‘Love Buzz’ came out in 1988, whereas Kiss – who’ve been eligible for the last 15 years – have only just been accepted this year.
Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates was ‘stunned’ by the induction. One half of the duo who have been eligible since 1997, told Rolling Stone that he believes “a whole new generation of people are looking at them in a different way.”
Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, was previously nominated in 2006 but didn’t make the cut, whereas this will be Peter Gabriel’s second, as he was previously inducted in 2010 as a member of Genesis.
Linda Ronstadt recently announced that she is battling Parkinson’s Disease and can no longer sing. Also speaking to Rolling Stone, she claimed that “it’s most likely she won’t be able to make it to New York in April,”
Also honoured at the ceremony, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will receive an award for musical excellence and Beatles manager Brian Epstein will be given the Ahmet Ertegun award for non-performers, alongside original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
This years unsuccessful nominations include: Chic, Deep Purple, LL Cool J, NWA, The Replacements, Yes and The Zombies.