The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has recently announced their inductees for 2014. Six performing artists will be inducted along with two producers, and a backing group. Here are the inductees.
1. Nirvana: The band credited for helping put both Seattle and alternative rock into the forefront of rock in the 1990s. Their album Nevermind became one of the decade’s most important albums, and continued to be a musical influence long after the band’s breakup in 1994.
2. KISS: With their iconic makeup and bombastic stage shows, KISS is truly one of rock’s biggest cultural phenomenons. And throughout four decades, that phenomenon resulted in sold-out tours, appearences in everything from toys to lunch boxes, and of course the classic hits which includes “Rock and Roll All Nite”, “Beth”, “Detroit Rock City” and “Lick it Up”.
3. Daryl Hall and John Oates: With their mix of soul and rock, they became the most successful pop duo since the Righteous Brothers and the Everly Brothers. Among the hits scored included “Sara Smile”, “Rich Girl”, “I Can’t Go For That” and “One on One”. They also thrived as songwriters, with some of their work even becoming hits for other artists including Paul Young (Every Time You Go Away) and Tavares. (She’s Gone)
4. Linda Ronstadt: One of music greatest song interpreters, covering everything from Motown to rock pioneers like Buddy Holly. She was one of the biggest artists of the 1970s, with four consecutive platinum albums including two number ones Heart Like a Wheel (1974) and Simple Dreams (1977). In addition to country rock, she would later expand to other genres including Mexicana.
5. Peter Gabriel: The original frontman of Genesis, he as a solo artist brought the heart and soul into radio with hits including “Sledgehammer” (which featured the now iconic video), “Don’t Give Up”, and “In Your Eyes”. He also joins artists including Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart in receiving a second induction.
6. Cat Stevens: One of the biggest voices of the Singer-songwriters movement, whose hits include “The First Cut is the Deepest”, “Morning Has Broken”, and “Wild World”.
7. Other inductions: The Ahmet Ertegun Award will go to Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and the Award for Musical Excellence to the E Street Band.
The induction ceremony takes place on April 10, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York.