Hall and Oates deemed more rock and roll than N.W.A..
As this year’s 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana’s In Utero reminded us, the grunge trio have just become eligible for the Hall of Fame, which can induct artists 25 years after the release of their first album of single. Nirvana’s first single, ‘Love Buzz’, came out in 1988.
Bruce Springsteen’s longtime backing band The E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence, while Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.
Among the artists nominated but not selected for the 2014 induction were N.W.A., Chic, LL Cool J, Deep Purple, Link Wray, The Replacements and Yes.
Hall and Oates were naturally quite shocked to have elbowed their way in past the likes of Ice Cube and Nile Rodgers. “It was a bit of a surprise to me,” Daryl Hall told Rolling Stone. “All things change. Times move on and things get validated. The whole new generation of people are looking at me and John in a different way.”
The induction ceremony will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10, 2014 and HBO will air the event in May.
Watch Nirvana ripping ‘Love Buzz’ to shreds at Reading in 1992: