Here are the final nominations list for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Yes, LL Cool J and the Replacements.
The remainder of the 16 acts that made the ballot will go to Rock Hall voters and they are: the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Hall and Oates, KISS, N.W.A., the Meters, Link Wray and the Zombies.
Inductees are expected to be announced in December. The induction ceremony is slated for April in New York City, and highlights from the event will be shown on HBO in May.
What are your thoughts on these nominees? How did LL Cool J wind up in there along side Peter Gabriel? This is a very diverse group that is FOR SURE. They surely are not “rock and roll” they are “music hall of famers” right? Right.
Starting last year, the process expanded to include a fan vote. Fans can weigh in with their choices starting Oct. 16 and continuing through Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Pacific time at the Rock Hall’s official website, and also at Rolling Stone and USA Today sites. The top five vote-getters will constitute the “fans’ ballot” that will be counted among the other 600 to be cast.
Who will you be voting for?
With his reintroduction to the pop world behind him, renowned singer-songwriter Yusuf (the artist known as Cat Stevens) is ready to once again strike up an intimate relationship with his audience. After retreating from the pop stage following classic ’70s multi-platinum albums such as Tea For The Tillerman and Teaser And The Firecat and acclaimed hits such as “Wild World,” “Peace Train,” “Moonshadow,” “Morning Has Broken” and “Father And Son,” Yusuf returned in late 2006 with his first pop album in 28 years. Now a second album, roadsinger (to warm you through the night), in stores May 5, 2009 (UMe).
“I was absent from my audience for so long,” Yusuf says, “people thought another album would never come. The 2006 album, An Other Cup, was a surprise. With this new album, the distance is much less. I’m back to doing what I do best — painting pictures with music and storytelling on a very human, personal, intuitive level through lyrics and song, so I can help people feel good again. I guess in some ways the new album picks up where the Cat Stevens the public knows left off.”
The forthcoming album also showcases some songs from his upcoming musical “Moonshadow.” The story takes place on a planet of perpetual night where only the moon’s shine lights the darkness; it is about a boy’s meeting with his Moonshadow and the adventures they share in search for the a world of the sunlight and happiness. As well as having many new songs, the surrealistic musical, “Moonshadow” also weaves classic songs from his past, including ‘Morning Has Broken,’ ‘Wild World’ and ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest.’ The show debuts in the UK in the Fall.
Appearing on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno May 13, The Colbert Report on May 14, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon May 15
Source: Universal Music Enterprises