Friday, 20 December 2013

Nirvana to be elevated to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In 2014 the US Rock and Roll hall of fame are set to induct among others Nirvana and Peter Gabriel.

The ceremony takes place next April where Kiss, Hall and Oates, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens will also be elevated to the elite musical club.

This is first year Nirvana have been eligible to win their place in the Hall of Fame as it is 25 years since their first release and a panel of industry experts put them forward to receive the nod.

Brian Epstein the former Beatles manager, who died in 1967, will also be honoured for his life's work.

Another award winner is Andrew Loog Oldham, the record producer and manager who propelled the Rolling Stones to worldwide fame, collecting an award for his contribution to the music industry.

US group the E Street Band, known for their collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, are also being inducted into the Hall of Fame through a musical excellence award.

Nirvana shot to fame in the early 90s as the most prominent band in the Seattle grunge scene, they produced a series of hits including Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are.

The three critically acclaimed full-length studio albums were a revelation, they went on to be one ofthe best-selling rock bands in history with an estimated 75 million sales. Famously frontman Kurt Cobain's committed suicide in 1994 aged 27.

British musician Peter Gabriel was already inducted in 2010 as a member of rock band Genesis, while Cat Stevens - now known as Yusuf Islam - has been nominated for the honour in the past.

With trademark black and white make-up and costumes Kiss are known for their extravagant performances, where as Darryl Hall and John Oates the song-writing and performance partners have scored six US number hits in their career.

This year's inductees were selected by more than 600 music industry personnel from a long-list of candidates, whose first work must have been released at least 25 years ago.

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