Kiss, Nirvanna, Hall and Oates, Ronstadt, E-Street Band, Four More Chosen For Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Selected by the 700+ voters:
- Cat Stevens
- Hall and Oates
- Linda Ronstadt
- Peter Gabriel
Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, has waited the longest for selection. He has been eligible since 1991, 25 years after his first recording, and was previously nominated in 2006.
KISS is the only other inductee to be previously nominated (in 2010). Of the remaining four, Ronstadt had been eligible since 1994 but never nominated, Hall and Oates since 1997 and Gabriel since 2002 while Nirvana was in their first year of eligibility.
Peter Gabriel is being inducted for the second time after being honored in 2002 as a member of Genesis.
Ten other artists were nominated but did not make the cut, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band (third nomination), Chic (eighth), Deep Purple (second), LL Cool J (third), Meters (third), N.W.A. (second) and four first time nominees, the Replacements, Link Wray, Yes and the Zombies.
Three other individuals and groups will also be inducted through the selection of special committees. Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement awards will go to Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham. The Ertegun award goes to non-performers.
The Award of Musical Excellence, formerly known as the Sideman category, goes to Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band.
The induction ceremony will be held on April 10 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and will be open to the public. The ceremony will be broadcast later on HBO.