Nirvana, LL Cool J, KISS, NWA Among Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

Christopher Morris

Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced an eclectic lineup of nominees for 2014 induction today.

The newly anointed candidates includes Chicago’s blues-rocking Paul Butterfield Blues Band, funk/disco pioneers Chic, British hard rock act Deep Purple, U.K. singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates, costumed New York metal act KISS, rapper LL Cool J, New Orleans funkateers the Meters, Seattle grunge icons Nirvana, L.A. rap posse N.W.A., Minneapolis’ shambolic punks the Replacements, vocalist Linda Ronstadt, singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, pathfinding guitarist Link Wray, Brit prog-rock kings Yes, and ‘60s British Invasion group the Zombies.

Stevens, LL Cool J, Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, KISS, N.W.A. and the Meters are all repeat nominees; it is the first time in the running for the remainder of the field. Gabriel is already a member of the Rock Hall via his association with Genesis, inducted in 2010.

The induction ceremony is set for April in New York, and will be presented on HBO in May.

Inductees are select by a panel of 600 music biz authorities, including musicians, execs and writers. Beginning today through Dec. 10, fans can vote online at; the top five vote recipients will constitute a “fan’s ballot” counting toward the final vote tally.

Here’s the complete list unveiled Wednesday:

  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Chic
  • Deep Purple
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Hall and Oates
  • KISS
  • LL Cool J
  • The Meters
  • Nirvana
  • N.W.A.
  • The Replacements
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Cat Stevens
  • Link Wray
  • Yes
  • The Zombies

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