New Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced: From Kiss to Nirvana

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 has been announced, and Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) will all be inducted.

Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band will be honored with the Award for Musical Excellence. Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun award for non-performers.

The Rock Hall induction ceremony will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday, April 10. And for the first time, tickets will be sold to the general public. Tickets will go on sale in January, and the ceremonies will air in May on HBO.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, LL Cool J, the Meters, N.W.A., the Replacements, Link Wray, Yes and the Zombies had also been nominated this year, but didn’t make the cut this year.

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  1. J Hunter says

    For once, I don’t have any problems with any of the nominees — not even Chic. I’ve got great respect for Nile Rodgers, especially after I heard the backstory for “Freak Out”:

    It seems Rodgers and a friend went to Studio 54 one night, and got turned away (as many did) by doorman Marc Benecke — probably because they didn’t look rich enough, or attractive enough, or for whatever reason Marc was using to turn people away that night. (Supposedly, Benecke turned away Frank Sinatra one night!) Rodgers came up with the tune for “Freak Out” on the way home, except instead of “Freak out”, the lyric he and his friend kept singing was, “FUCK OFF!” 🙂

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