The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2014 have been named by the organization, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Tuesday night. The distinguished nominees are: (alphabetically) the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, KISS, Link Wray, LL Cool J, the Meters, N.W.A., Nirvana, the Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Yes, and the Zombies.
600 members of the Rock Hall of Fame vote on the potential inductees. The members are all previous living inductees, musicians, historians, journalists, critics, and other personnel in the music industry. Persons and groups are eligible 25 years after their first commercial recording.
Just this past year, the process of selecting the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame added fan votes. This year, music fans may state their choice for inductees beginning on Oct. 16 and continue through Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time via the Rock Hall’s official web site. Voting is also accessible at the USA Today web site as well as the Rolling Stone web site. Regarding the fans’ votes, the top five vote-receivers will constitute the fans’ ballot which will count among the other 600 that will be cast.
The music performers who are ultimately inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be announced in December, and the ceremony will be held in New York City in April of next year.
If Peter Gabriel is inducted, it will be his second time - as he was inducted into the organization in 2010 as a member of Genesis.