The grunge band make 2014's 16-act shortlist.
90s rock band Nirvana are one of 16 acts nominated for entry into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Owing to the rule that only acts who released their debut album of single 25 years ago are eligible for the honour, this will be the first time that Nirvana have been considered.
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More than 600 industry personnel will vote to select next year's inductees, who will be announced in December. Also nominated are prog rockers Yes, disco pop band Chic, glam rock band Kiss, classic rockers Deep Purple, rap artists N.W.A and LL Cool J, and folk legend Cat Stevens, AKA Yusuf Islam.
For dancefloor kings Chic, this will be their eighth nomination into the R&R HoF. This could be their first year of success however, after the renewed interest into disco pop, helped along by their guitarist Nile Rodgers and French electro duo Daft Punk.
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This will be Peter Gabriel's second shot at the Hall of Fame after he was inducted as part of Genesis in 2009 and has been named again as a solo artist.
On the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's online blurb for Nirvana, it reads "It only takes one song to start a rock revolution [...] Nirvana remain an enduring influence and challenge - proof that the right band with the right noise can change the world." Indeed, the band who released their debut Bleach in 1989 are one of the better known acts on the list of nominees and had a highly influential effect upon rock music in the succeeding years.
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The news of Nirvana's nomination comes not long after the re-release and 20th celebration of their pivotal 1993 album, In Utero. A live DVD and a new track, 'Unheard Tune,' was released and a Seattle tattoo parlour began offering free smiley face tattoos with every new In Utero purchased.
However, if the band do make the cut, their honour will coincide with the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death which will strike a bittersweet chord with many fans who are still mourning the iconic frontman.
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An induction ceremony for the chosen honourees will be held in New York in April.
The Full List Of Nominees Is As Follows:
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Hall and Oates
LL Cool J