In its first year of eligibility, Nirvana will become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 90s grunge band will join a star-studded 2014 class, including Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, The E Street Band and Kiss, among others.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said about his induction, “For once… I’m speechless. From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to… the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’d like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock and roll. Most of all, thank you to all of the fans that have supported rock and roll throughout the years, and to Kurt and Krist, without whom I would not be here today.”
Nirvana became eligible for induction this year, 25 years after its 1988 single, “Love Buzz.” The group is known for putting the grunge scene in the 1990s on the map, only to be halted by the suicide of lead singer Kurt Cobain.
Kiss enters the hall in its 15th year of eligibility, and the induction may see the reunion of original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss with frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Simmons commented on the possible reunion at the induction ceremony, “They were equally important in the formation of the band.”
The induction ceremony will take place on Apr. 10, 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The ceremony will also air on HBO in May.