Glam rock icons KISS and Grunge rockers Nirvana joined the class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 with Hall and Oates, pop star Linda Ronstadt, experimental artist Peter Gabriel, and folk singer Cat Stevens in the Performers category. The new inductees have garnered an impressive layout of chart success.
Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates and Linda have all topped the Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. Nirvana, KISS and Linda have each sold more than 20 million units.
The absence of KISS from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been widely protested by fans worldwide. This time, they managed to get the highest votes with 17.2 percent of the 1.4 million votes. Nirvana bagged 15.69 percent.
KISS may have had their bad days in the 1970s, but they also created a massive fan base called the "KISS Army." They are known for their mind-boggling stage presence and pyrotechnic shows.
Singer-songwriter Cat Stevens (Britian) created famous numbers throughout the 1970s. He became one of the most renowned singers in the folk-rock scene with hits like "Peace Train" and "Wild World." He also sold more than 15 million albums.
Nirvana is known for bringing the grunge genre into the mainstream. The early 1990s saw Nirvana taking off with hits like "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are," and more. It has also been described as "one of the most influential in rock & roll history," by Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic.com. Apart from the success, the band's frontman Kurt Cobain had a sad tale to share. He suffered from drug addiction and depression. In 1994, he shot himself dead.
The induction ceremony of the artists will take place at Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, New York on April 10, 2014.
Apart from the six performers for 2014, Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles manager Brian Epstein were selected for the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The E Street Band which is Bruce Springsteen's backup group was also selected for the Award for Musical Excellence.
Last year Randy Newman, Rush, Quincy Jones, Public Enemy and Donna Summer were inducted.
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