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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014 inductees a typically diverse mix

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame foundation announced the class of 2014 inductees on Monday. As usual, this year's group is an eclectic mix with roots in rock, pop, grunge, R&B and folk music genres. The 29th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will once again be open to the public, is scheduled for April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It will also air as an HBO special in May, according to USA Today on Dec. 17.

The class of 2014 inductees are Nirvana, Kiss, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel and Cat Stevens. Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recording.

Chosen by more than 700 voters including artists, historians and music industry professionals, the 2014 honorees will also receive an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

Kiss was previously nominated in 2010, and Cat Stevens in 2006. But the other four inductees are first-time nominees. Nirvana made it in on this, the first year they became eligible for the honor.

Bruce Springsteen's The E Street Band will be given an Award for Musical Excellence, and Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will each receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.

Bruno Mars named Billboard's Artist of the Year.

This year's event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center is the first time the induction has been held in an arena, making it the largest ceremony in the history of the Hall of Fame.

The annual event has recently moved out of the small New York Waldorf Astoria Ballroom and into larger venues in Cleveland and Los Angeles, where the public has been able to attend along with music industry insiders.

"Bringing in the fans adds an incredible energy to the event", says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Joel Peresman. "The fans should have an opportunity to see the show. They are the reason these bands exist.

And this year's event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center will mark the first time the induction ceremony has been held in an arena, making it the largest in the history of the Hall of Fame, according to Rolling Stone.

As always, choosing a song for the yearly all-star jam to close out the show poses a "considerable challenge", given the great diversity of acts being inducted.

"We already have visions going through our head" says Peresman. "Should it be 'Rock and Roll All Night' or should it be a Bruce Springsteen song? What's the best way to represent it? We just don't know yet".

Tickets go on sale in January. Additional information will be available at www.rockhall.com.

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