Nirvana Is Heading To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2014 class on Tuesday, featuring first ballot inductees Nirvana, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, and KISS (finally).

1. The single most iconic Seattle band of the ’90s will lead a class of mostly ’70s being ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be on April 10, 2014 at Brooklyn, NY’s Barclays Center.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rules state that a band or artist is eligible for induction 25 years after their debut album is released. Nirvana’s “Bleach” came out in 1989, making 2014 the first year the band is on the ballot.

2. Nirvana’s early induction into the Hall of Fame is unsurprising given the vast impact and influence the band had on the musical landscape in the early ’90s, prior to leader Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994.

The other members of Nirvana found more success after Cobain’s tragic passing. Drummer Dave Grohl went on to front the Foo Fighters and bassist Krist Novoselic got into politics.

3. Following the announcement, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic released statements reacting to the news.

Dave Grohl:

For once… I’m speechless. From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to… the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’d like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock and roll. Most of all, thank you to all of the fans that have supported rock and roll throughout the years, and to Kurt and Krist, without whom I would not be here today.

Krist Novoselic:

This is a great honor. Thank you to the people who nominated and voted for us. Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain. And to everyone who’s kept Rock music going strong for 60 years and counting.

5. The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class will be rounded out by Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, the E Street Band, and — after 15 years of eligibility — KISS. KISS fans are really excited.

10. Of the 1.3 million votes cast this year, KISS came out on top with 17.2 percent of the vote, with Nirvana receiving the next most ballots (15.7 percent).

11. Notable snubs this year include LL Cool J, The Replacements, Deep Purple, Yes, and N.W.A.

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