KISS and NIRVANA were announced as two of next year’s inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Joining them in the 2014 class of inductees are Peter Gabriel, HALL & OATES, Linda Rondstadt and Cat Stevens, while the E STREET BAND (Bruce Springsteen‘s backing group) will be given the Award For Musical Excellence
Those artists will be inducted on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Tickets to the event will go on sale in January, and the ceremony will air on HBO in May.
2013 marked the second consecutive year where members of the public were invited to vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders that make up the Hall Of Fame’s voting body.
Voting ended on December 10 on RollingStone.com, with the Top Five acts compiled from those votes onto a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the more than 600 total ballots turned in.
Gene Simmons has often been the first to credit KISS‘ legions of fans for their success and admits that the love and support the band has been given by their “Kiss Army” remains beyond their wildest imaginations. “KISS fans are beyond anything we ever dared hope for, in terms of fans,” he said. “We were gonna be happy with just being able to sell a record and, and doing our music, but to get this kind of loyalty is beyond anything we ever expected.”
This year marked the first appearance of NIRVANA on the ballot. NIRVANA was the only act this year to land on the ballot in its first year of eligibility.
KISS was previously nominated in 2010, while DEEP PURPLE got their first chance last year. Both were seen as glaring hard rock omissions equal to that of RUSH, who were finally inducted with the class of 2013 after years of fan outcries.