The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class has it all — from grunge to glam and everything in between.
Grunge alt-rockers Nirvana, glam rockers Kiss, soul and pop duo Hall & Oates, progressive/experimental visionary Peter Gabriel, ’70s pop-rock star Linda Ronstadt and folk-pop artist Cat Stevens will enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
Nirvana won induction in its first year of eligibility; Hall & Oates, Gabriel and Ronstadt also made it in as first-time nominees. Kiss and Stevens, who have been nominated in the past, made the cut after being absent from the list for several years.
The 29th annual induction ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 10. The event will air as an HBO special in May.
“We know that engaging the fans is a huge opportunity,” says Joel Peresman, president/CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “It gives them a chance to be a part of the ceremony, but it also adds a palpable energy to the event. Once we decided to open the ceremony to the public in New York, that had a huge impact on the decision to have it at Barclays Center.”
For a second year, the Rock Hall used fan voting in choosing the 2014 inductees. Voting took place on its official site and through Rolling Stone and USA Today, and generated nearly 1.4 million responses. The five artists with the highest number of votes made up a fan ballot, which counted as a single vote in choosing the 2014 honorees.
Among fans, Kiss and Nirvana enjoyed easy victories, with 239,000 and 218,000 votes respectively. Nominees Yes and Deep Purple were eclipsed in the final selection despite large swells of public support.
The official voting committee consisted of more than 700 artists, historians and music industry professionals. Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their first release.
Ahmet Ertegun lifetime achievement awards will go to late Beatles manager Brian Epstein and former Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham for their work behind the scenes in the music industry. Bruce Springsteen’s longtime backing group, the E Street Band, will also receive an award.
Tickets go on sale on an as-yet unannounced date in January 2014. More information will be available at www.rockhall.com.