Now that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014 nominees are in, with list including Deep Purple, KISS, Yes, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Zombies, the Replacements, Hall and Oates, Chic, Link Wray, the Meters, LL Cool J and N.W.A. the speculation of who’s going to get in has begun.
The top vote-getters will be inducted this April in New York City. While I would prefer Deep Purple, KISS, Yes, Nirvana and Linda Rondstadt get in for sure, it seems to me that first time nominee Nirvana is probably a lock, with one of the rap/hip-hop artists getting in, and the others including the lone female nominee (Rondstadt), one of the two multi-year nominees (Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Nile Rogers of Chic), and possibly two of the four out of KISS, Deep Purple, Yes and the Zombies.
The public gets to vote alongside the Rock Hall artists, historians and music industry insiders For the second consecutive year. Until December 10th, fans can vote for their top 5 nominees they’d like to see inducted on rollingstone.com. The top five acts will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the more than 600 ballots that determine the Class of 2014.
This is the first appearance on the ballot for Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, the Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Link Wray, Cat Stevens, Yes and the Zombies. (Gabriel was inducted as a member of Genesis in 2009.)
KISS, Deep Purple and YES are currently the top 3 vote getters. Let’s keep it that way!
A recent column by Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times states these odds on the 2014 potential inductees:
Sure Things: Nirvana (even), Linda Rondstadt (4:1), YES (5:1), LL Cool J (7:1) and The Zombies (8:1)
On The Fence: Peter Gabriel (10:1), KISS (10:1), Cat Stevens (13:1), Hall & Oates (14:1), N.W.A. (15:1), Deep Purple (16:1)
Long Shots: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (18:1), Link Wray (20:1), Chic (24:1), The Replacements (25:1), The Meters (37:1)