The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame has just announced the sixteen acts eligible for induction in 2014: Nirvana, The Meters, Yes, the Replacements, Chic, Peter Gabriel, Hall And Oates, KISS, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Deep Purple, LL Cool J, N.W.A., Link Wray, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, and the Zombies.
The criteria for eligibility is thus: it has to be 25 years since the release of a band or artist’s first single or album.
Notably, Nirvana is the only 2014 nominee on the list in their first year of eligibility and there’s almost no foreseeable way they don’t get the immediate nod.
Inductees are voted on by 600 members of the Rock Hall including all previous living inductees, musicians, historians, journalists, critics and music industry personnel.
Starting last year, the process expanded to include a fan vote. Fans can weigh in with their choices starting Oct. 16 and continuing through Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Pacific time at the Rock Hall’s official website, and also at Rolling Stone and USA Today sites. The top five vote-getters will constitute the “fans’ ballot” that will be counted among the other 600 to be cast.
Newly eligible acts not making this year’s cut includes Phish, The Cure and Massive Attack among others deserving of such notoriety. The Class Of 2014 will be announced in December and the ceremony takes place in April.
Here’s hoping The Meters finally get the the induction they so very much deserve!