Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014: What the Nominees Are Saying

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014: What the Nominees Are Saying

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Talk about an eclectic play list! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just announced its nominees for 2014, and the list includes everyone from Cat to Kurt to KISS.

1990s grunge rockers Nirvana made the cut (in their first year of eligibility, no less) as did Cat Stevens, KISS, Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, Linda Ronstadt, Hall and Oates, the Replacements, Deep Purple, N.W.A., the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Link Wray, the Meters, Chic, Yes and the Zombies.

When Nirvana founding member Dave Grohl was tapped to induct Rush into the Hall of Fame in April, he told Rolling Stone he didn't realize his own band was up for nomination this year: "Wow, I didn't even know that, " he said. "Interesting. Well, hopefully they make us wait as long as Rush did, because did you see all their (bleeping) fans out there tonight?"

Of course, don't expect Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's widow to get too excited over the nomination of her late husband's band. In 2000, Courtney Love slammed the Hall of Fame after she disagreed with the inductee decision. Protesting the exclusion of AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Patti Smith that year, Love demanded that the Cleveland museum return memorabilia belonging to her late husband.

"Any of my stuff you stole, I want back immediately." she wrote, according to MTV. "This includes any of mine or Kurt's clothes, guitars or debris that you scavenged for," Love reportedly wrote in a telegram sent to the rock hall. "I hope that no one I know is ever inducted into your idiotic 'Hall of Fame.' "

Glam rock band KISS has been eligible for Hall of Fame honors since 1999, but they've yet to be voted in. In 2012, founding member Gene Simmons told Rolling Stone: "It's become a joke. We've been thinking about it and the answer is simply, 'We'll just buy it and fire everybody.' In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Madonna, Blondie… because they don't get to be in the 'Dance Hall of Fame,' because that's what they do. They're legitimate dance, disco artists. They don't belong in rock and roll."

And last month, 2014 nominee Linda Ronstadt told the Los Angeles Times that she "doesn't care" about getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: "It's not anything I've ever given a second thought to," she said. "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…I don't care if I ever get inducted."

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