By Mike Llerena
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for the Class of 2014. According to an article in Rolling Stone, this year’s list of nominees includes Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel, The Replacements, Chic, Cat Stevens and N.W.A. Other nominees include Hall and Oates, Yes, Deep Purple and Linda Ronstadt.
All potential Hall of Fame inductees are required to have released their first recordings at least 25 years ago. Nirvana represents the youngest band on the list, having released their first single, a cover of “Love Buzz” by Shocking Blue, in late 1988.
In this humble music fan’s opinion, Nirvana’s consideration as a Hall of Fame contender is a pivotal moment for anyone who grew up listening to the band’s music. Moreover, inducting a cult favorite like The Replacements is sure to resonate with the legions of ’80s alternative rock diehards who call themselves ‘Mats fans. Classic rock purists are sure to be pleased with the nominations of progressive rock legends Yes and heavy metal forefathers Deep Purple. However, gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. and disco act Chic are sure to raise a few eyebrows among those who wish to keep the Hall of Fame a more rock-centric institution. Nonetheless, the Hall has already exercised an eclectic approach in its selection process, with acts like Public Enemy and Donna Summer being inducted last year.
Fans have until Dec. 10 to vote for their favorite nominees on Rolling Stone’s website. Voters can select up to five acts on the ballot.
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