Nirvana, KISS, Hall and Oates to Become Rock Hall of Famers

What do you get when you combine U.S. music acts Hall and Oates, Nirvana and KISS? Three of the soon-to-be newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Cleveland, Ohio institution announced the inductees Tuesday. The move will be made official on April 10 at a ceremony in New York.

Also receiving the honor are U.S. pop star Linda Rondstadt, British folk singer and Muslim convert Cat Stevens and Peter Gabriel, lead singer of the British band Genesis before pursuing a successful solo career.

Artists are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame 25 years after their first release.

Nirvana, led by the late Kurt Cobain, gained entry in its first year of eligibility. The selection comes nearly 20 years after Cobain committed suicide at the age of 27.

The Beatles' manager, the late Brian Epstein, as well as The Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham will receive non-performing awards for lifetime achievement, while Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band is being honored with the award for musical excellence.

More than 700 voters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation chose the 2014 inductees from 16 nominees. The Rock Hall says members of the public were also able to cast votes online, forming a "fans' ballot" of their top five artists, but it was tallied as only one vote along with the other ballots.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

VOA News / Dec. 18, 2013 08:22 KST