The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today announced its latest inductees, naming first-time nominees and grunge pioneers Nirvana among the six acts to receive the honour.
This was the first year that Nirvana was eligible to be included — all musical acts must have released a record at least 25 years before the year of induction in order to prove their lasting legacy (Nirvana's debut single "Love Buzz" came out in 1988).
British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, who in later life converted to Islam and took the name Yusuf Islam, was hailed by the Hall of Fame as an "introspective cornerstone of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement."
Other inductees into the class of 2014 included glam rockers Kiss, 1980s hitmakers Hall & Oates, singer Linda Ronstadt, and British songwriter and former Genesis vocalist Peter Gabriel. This was Gabriel's second recognition from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after Genesis was inducted in 2010.
Earlier this year, 16 acts were nominated for the honour. The Zombies, The Replacements, N.W.A., Chic and others failed to make the cut, although they're all still eligible to be nominated again in future years.
Aside from the new performers joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, three other awards were handed out by the museum. Former Beatles manager Brian Epstein as well as Andrew Loog Oldham, who produced records for and managed the Rolling Stones, were named as recipients of Ahmet Ertegun Awards, given to those who work behind the scenes in the industry. And the Award for Musical Excellence was given to The E Street Band, who were recognized for providing "a unique and powerful sonic template" for Bruce Springsteen.
The six new members will officially join the Hall of Fame in the 29th induction ceremony on April 10 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in New York.