Linda Ronstadt and Nirvana are among the artists chosen to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, it was announced on Tuesday morning.
The list of inductees also includes Kiss, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, and Hall & Oates. Among those nominated who didn’t make the cut are Yes, N.W.A, Chic, the Meters, Deep Purple, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, LL Cool J, the Replacements, Link Wray and the Zombies.
Ronstadt spoke candidly about her nomination recently, saying, “It’s not anything I’ve ever given a second thought to.” The 67-year old is battling Parkinson’s Disease and has said she is completely unable to sing anymore, but she’s never been one to pay much attention to accolades. One of the reasons she never aspired to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is that her music has never really had any boundaries, crossing genres to defy what is considered “rock and roll”.
“I never thought of myself as a rock ‘n’ roll singer — I’ve thought of myself as a singer who sang rock ‘n’ roll, who sang this, who sang that,” she said.
The ceremony will be bittersweet for Nirvana fans, as only two members of the band will be there to accept the award; singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994 after years of battling depression and drug abuse.
The ceremony will take place in New York on April 10, 2014.
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