Nirvana, Ronstadt, LL Cool J among Rock Hall nominees

Nirvana, Ronstadt, LL Cool J among Rock Hall nominees

NOMINEES ARE: The 2014 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Photo: Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Alternative rock band Nirvana, singers Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens, and pop duo Hall and Oates led nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2014 class, the foundation that runs the music museum said on Wednesday.

It will be the first year of eligibility for Nirvana, which helped usher in the grunge rock era of the early and mid-1990s characterized by its fusion of heavy metal with punk rock.

Other nominees include U.S. rock groups Kiss, alternative pioneers the Replacements and early rock guitarist Link Wray, along with British rock bands Yes, Deep Purple and the Zombies, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement.

Stevens, a Briton, now performs under the name Yusuf Islam.

British singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 as a member of the rock group Genesis, also earned a nod for his solo work.

American rapper LL Cool J and gangster rap pioneers N.W.A., which helped launch the solo careers of rapper-producer Dr. Dre and rappers Ice Cube and Easy-E, were the only hip-hop artists to garner nominations.

U.S. disco band Chic, funk band the Meters and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band also received nominations for the second consecutive year.

Candidates for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – based in Cleveland, Ohio – must have released their debut album or single at least 25 years before 2012 to be eligible.

For the second year, the Hall of Fame will allow fans to vote on which artists and groups will be inducted at and other websites.

Fans have until December 10 to pick their favorites.

Inductees will be announced shortly after the voting closes and will also be chosen by some 600 members of the foundation, which includes past inductees.

Last year’s inductees included late disco queen Donna Summer, hip-hop group Public Enemy, singer-songwriter Randy Newman and rock group Heart.

Recent Headlines

in Viral Videos

WATCH: Daisy drives Oliver


You've heard of "Driving Miss Daisy." Well, this is a little different.

in Music

Grateful Dead, John Mayer giving away 10K tickets


The veteran band and Mayer, who joined forces for the supergroup Dead & Company this summer, announced Monday that 5,000 fans will have a chance to win two tickets each to their Nov. 7 show.

in Music, Entertainment

Sam Smith video for new ‘Bond’ theme ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ released


Grammy Award winner Sam Smith released the video for his theme song for the new James Bond film "Spectre" on Monday, days after the ballad became the first 007 title track to top the British pop charts.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: A message from Donald & Melania Trump


Taran Killam and Cecily Strong clear up some of the misconceptions about The Donald, like that he hates women and immigrants.

in Music

This week’s top alternative tracks


LISTEN: This week's top alternative songs, according to the weekly Billboard chart.