Kiss, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and the Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein are among the nine honourees who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year (14).

In October (13), organisers announced 16 acts had been shortlisted for the honour, and music industry insiders have now whittled that number down to nine inductees.

The stars who will be immortalised in the Hall of Fame in 2014 are rock icons Nirvana, Genesis' Gabriel, Epstein, who helped the Fab Four become a global phenomenon in the 1960s, duo Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, glam rockers Kiss, singer Linda Ronstadt, producer Andrew Loog Oldham and Bruce Springsteen's sidekicks, The E Street Band.

The induction ceremony will be held in New York City in April (14).