The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has announced the inductees for the 2014 class. The six artists selected for the Performer Category are: KISS, Peter Gabriel, DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES, NIRVANA, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens.
Ahmet Ertegun awards will go to THE BEATLES' late manager Brian Epstein and original THE ROLLING STONES manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham. The Award for Musical Excellence — formally known as the Side-Men category — will be presented to the E STREET BAND.
DEEP PURPLE and YES were among the rock acts who were nominated but did not make this year's final list.
"For once… I'm speechless," said Dave Grohl of NIRVANA's induction. "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 added: "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."
NIRVANA's 1991 album "Nevermind" went on to sell over 14 million copies while drastically changing landscape of rock n' roll. Novoselic told The Pulse Of Radio why he thinks NIRVANA took off so explosively. "Well, it was a phenomenon. I think a lot of it was timing as what was going on in the music business. And a lot of the Sunset Strip hair bands were past their prime and people were ready for something new. Nirvana always tried to be sincere."
The 29th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The 2014 ceremony will again be open to the public, as it has been for the induction ceremonies in Cleveland in 2009 and 2012, and Los Angeles in 2013. This will be the first time that the ceremony will be open to the public in New York City.