Nirvana, Chic, Hall and Oates, the Replacements, Deep Purple and Kiss are among the 16 nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
To be eligible for the Hall, a nominee must have released their first single or album at least 25 years before the year of nomination.
Nirvana is the only act this year to land on the ballot in its first year of eligibility, having released their first single (a cover of “Love Buzz”) in late 1988. While many of the nominees have appeared on previous ballots, this is the first appearance for Peter Gabriel (Gabriel was inducted as a member of Genesis in 2009), Hall and Oates, the Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Link Wray, Cat Stevens, Yes and the Zombies.
For the second consecutive year, the public can vote on the finalists at www.rockhall.com/vote, www.rollingstone.com and www.usatoday.com from now through Dec. 10. The top five vote-getters will be listed on a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots for the Class of 2014. The inductees are chosen by a secret ballot of 600 voters, a group that includes previous inductees, music industry veterans, historians and critics.
The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in April 2014 in New York. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO.