Nirvana, Kiss, Hall & Oates and LL Cool J have been nominated for possible induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
The other artists and groups who received nods are repeat nominee Deep Purple, an iconic 1970s metal group known for the song "Smoke on the Water," Linda Ronstadt, a Grammy-winning singer (who Gen X-ers may know more for her and James Ingram's "An American Tail" duet "Somewhere Out There"), The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Peter Gabriel, The Meters, N.W.A., The Replacements, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, The Zombies and progressive rock band Yes.
Grunge band Nirvana is known for songs such as "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Come As You Are" and the hit album "Nevermind." Lead singer Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994, just months after the band recorded what would become an iconic "MTV Unplugged" performance, shocked the music world. The group's drummer, Dave Grohl, went on to form the Foo Fighters, along with touring Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear.
Kiss is made up of Gene Simmons -- now a reality TV star as well, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, who sport wild black and white makeup on stage. The group was most popular in the 1970s and 1980s with hits such as "Rock and Roll All Nite" and "Detroit Rock City" -- the latter of which was made into a 1999 tribute film. Kiss still performs today.
The duo Hall & Oates, made up of Daryl Hall (left) and John Oates, was most famous in the 1980s with hits such as "Maneater" and "You Make My Dreams" -- featured in commercials and in the movies "The Wedding Singer" and "Step Brothers."
LL Cool J is known for his hip hop songs and sensual ballads, including 1990s hits "Doin' It" and "Loungin." He is also an actor and currently stars on "NCIS: Los Angeles." In 2012, he and Chuck D helped induct the Beastie Boys into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"In the 50s, they said rock and roll was just noise that was making our kids do bad things -- that it wasn't really music, that it ought to be banned. Now, some are saying the same thing about hip hop, Jazz, Folk, R&B, Blues, Country, Hip Hop, Indie," read a message posted on behalf of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its Facebook page. "They're all branches of the Rock and Roll tree. Long live Rock!"
Last year's inductees included Canadian progressive rock trio Rush, rock band Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Disco queen Donna Summer, who died in May 2012. They were officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past April.
The 2014 inductees will be announced in the next few weeks, organizers say. Last year, they were revealed in December. Fans can also have a say in the induction selection process -- you can vote for your favorite nominees on the Rock and Roll Hall of Game website.
"The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a 'fans' ballot' that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 inductees, who will be announced soon," the site states.
(Pictured above: Kurt Cobain performs on 'MTV Unplugged in New York,' which was recorded in November 1993 and released in 1994. / Kiss bass guitarist Gene Simmons performs with Kiss at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California on Aug. 14, 2012.)
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