The list of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2014 includes a beauty who broke hearts with her torch ballads in the 1970s, a seminal grunge band, a blue-eyed soul duo and a prog-rock stalwart who made a smooth transition to the video era after going solo.
Linda Ronstadt, Nirvana, Hall and Oates and Peter Gabriel are all on the list, MTV reports. On the other hand, N.W.A., LL Cool J and the Replacements are among the nominees who failed to make the cut.
Also among next year’s inductees are the rockers Kiss and folk pop singer Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam. Gabriel, who will be inducted as a solo artist, is already a member of the Hall of Fame, having joined in 2010 as a member of his old band, Genesis.
"After their leader was inducted in 1999, Bruce Springsteen’s longtime backing group, the E Street Band, will also be inducted," the report adds.
Kiss, which has been eligible for induction since 1999, has been the subject of discontent among fans who wondered why it was taking so long.
"After years of grumbling from their notoriously loyal fans about repeated snubs, the ‘Rock And Roll All Nite’ group, renowned for their flashy costumes, face paint and pyro-filled concerts, made it in part thanks to a fan-voting initiative that gave diehards a say in the final list. With 1.3 million votes cast, Kiss came out on top with 17.2 percent of the vote, edging out Nirvana (15.7 percent) and a pair of proggy acts that didn’t make it in this year, Deep Purple (11.9 percent) and Yes (10.9 percent)."
Nirvana made the Hall in its first year of eligibility, "not surprising given the huge impact the trio had on rock and culture," the story reports. "With such landmark hits as ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ ‘Come As You Are’ and ‘Heart Shaped Box,’ Nirvana helped lead the grimy, angsty grunge sound to the top of the charts and into the national, and international, zeitgeist."
"One of the signatures of Nirvana’s sound was their laser-like deployment of loud-quiet dynamics. That secret weapon is what really makes them stand out from their fellow 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class," MTV reports. "While the iconic grunge trio whose music defined a generation in the early 1990s were known for Kurt Cobain’s haunting howl and searing guitar, most of their fellow inductees in next year’s ceremony leaned on a much quieter, subtle sound."
In the nonperformers category, Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager/producer/songwriter Andrew Loog Oldham were voted in, the report notes.
The ceremony is set for April 10, 2014, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Here’s an example of the work of one of this year’s inductees, Peter Gabriel — one of the great music videos from the early days of MTV, when the format was still seen as an art form: