Nominees have been unveiled for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, and USA Today reports that only one band — grunge rockers Nirvana — made this year’s list in its first year of eligibility.
Among the other artists making the list this time around are first-time nominees Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Yes.
"Also on the ballot are returning favorites from last year such as Chic, Deep Purple and The Meters, along with hip-hop luminaries N.W.A. and LL Cool J," the story reports.
The report adds: "It’s a diverse field, one that will likely see fan support swell behind beloved acts such as Kiss and Nirvana, and spark debates over the inclusion of Chic and Hall & Oates, who may not seem like textbook examples of rock artists."
Said Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation: "This year’s nominees represent the broad definition of ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ and include an array of artists whose fans are deeply passionate about the possibility of induction."
The public can take part in the selection process by voting online through Dec. 10 via USA Today, Rolling Stone, and the official Rock Hall site.
"An artist or band becomes eligible for a nomination 25 years after releasing a debut single or album, meaning that the 2014 nominees released their first recording no later than 1988," the report notes, adding: "Inductees will be determined by the hall’s voting body of roughly 600 artists, historians and music industry professionals. The performers who receive the highest number of votes will be inducted April 10 in New York. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO at a later date."
The full list of 16 nominees:
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Hall and Oates
LL Cool J
Here’s a video report: