The time for much consternation among music fans has come back around again. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its annual list of nominees this morning. For the first time, Nirvana is on the list and in the first year of eligibility as their debut album, Bleach, was released in 1989. Hall of Fame qualifications are always points of contention.
One can make the argument that, with only three studio albums, that the band lacks the body of work to warrant the honor. However, no one can deny that their 1991 classic, Nevermind, is one of the most important albums in the pantheon of rock music. Whether their legacy would loom as large were it not for the death of frontman Kurt Cobain is a question no one can answer.
Perhaps it is because of Nirvana's likely inclusion that Gene Simmons made his comments about the band recently. After all, back for their second attempt at the Hall is Simmons's band, Kiss. While it is true that the band has had one of the most loyal followings in rock history, their reputation has largely been considered more style than substance. Also, returning are Deep Purple, whose snub last year was thought to be the most glaring omission.
Other rock nominees are Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, The Paul Butterfield Band, The Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, Yes, and The Zombies. R&B/disco nominees include Chic (for the eighth time) and The Meters. Also for the second time in two years, two hip-hop acts are up for induction. LL Cool J failed to get in last year where Public Enemy succeeded. This year, LL is up against another harder edged rap act in N.W.A. Could this lead to vote splitting?
Fans can vote for up to five nominees via the online fan poll. If this were any indication of who will eventually be inducted (it isn't), then, so far, Kiss would be the leading vote-getters followed closely by Nirvana, then Deep Purple, Yes, Peter Gabriel, and then Hall & Oates.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will have their induction ceremony will happen in April 2014 in New York.