The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2014 includes one shoo-in and one long shot.
Nirvana will be inducted, as was widely expected. But so will Kiss, the costumed and made-up stars of hard rock that had been snubbed by the Hall of Fame for years.
The other stars being inducted in the 29th annual ceremony, to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 10, are Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and Peter Gabriel, who is being recognized as a solo performer but has already been inducted as part of the band Genesis.
Nirvana was accepted in its first year of eligibility, and its surviving members will receive the award 20 years after its lead singer, Kurt Cobain, committed suicide. But for years Kiss' absence been a rallying cry among the band's fans, and also symbolic of the disagreements behind the scenes at the Hall of Fame. The band has been eligible since 1999 but nominated only once before. In 2006 -- three years before the band was nominated the first time -- about 200 Kiss fans protested outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum building in Cleveland.
E Street band
Also this year, Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, and Andrew Loog Oldham, who worked with the Rolling Stones, will receive Ahmet Ertegun Awards, for nonperformers. And Bruce Springsteen's E Street band will receive the Award for Musical Excellence, formerly known as the sidemen prize.
The nominees who did not make the cut this year are Chic, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Deep Purple, LL Cool J, the Meters, N.W.A., the Replacements, Link Wray, Yes and the Zombies.
The inductions are chosen by more than 700 voters, including critics, music industry figures and previous inductees; members of the public were able to cast votes online, and their top five choices made up a single "fans' ballot."