Kiss and Nirvana headline the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of inductees, joining fellow artists Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Cat Stevens.
Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band will receive the Award for Musical Excellence, while Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham will be recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers at the induction ceremony, which will take place April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Nirvana is making it into the Rock Hall in its first time on the ballot, while Kiss' omission from the institution has long been protested by fans.
Hall & Oates' fans -- including syndicated TV host Rachael Ray -- have also been up in arms for many years, insisting that the duo be inducted, and John Oates tells us that he and Hall are gratified that day will finally come:
"Y'know what; I will be there with bells on, and I'm looking forward to it...It hasn't really hit me...I think it’s a great class, so to speak. I think the artists are really cool, and I`m honored to be in this particular class and with all the other prior inductees."
Ronstadt, meanwhile, is taking something of a modest approach:
"I wasn't very good when I started, but the good news is I got better. I didn't become the greatest singer in all of pop music, but I became, at least for my time, the most diverse...I wish it had all been better, but it wasn't. It's what it was, and I got to make it better later. I wish the records had been better, but they were as good as I could do at the time."
Gene Simmons of Kiss said in an official statement, "To the KISS Army. Ace, Peter, Eric Carr, Vinnie, Mark, Bruce, Tommy and Eric Singer, Bill Aucoin, Doc McGhee and to my partner of 40 years, the ever youthful Paul Stanley...and all the members of the KISS Family. This honor is for you. 40 years of Rockin' and still going strong."
Paul Stanley added, "The spirit of rock and roll for me has always meant following the paths I choose regardless of what my critics or my peers think. For 40 years KISS has built an army that apologizes to no one and I'm honored to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame knowing we have remained true to ourselves and our fans."
Other nominees this year included Deep Purple, the Meters, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, the Zombies, the Replacements and rap acts LL Cool J and N.W.A.
This year's ceremony will be the Rock Hall's first in Brooklyn after previous inductions were held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel and also the first in the New York area to be open to the public.
Tickets will go on sale to the public in January, with a pre-sale for members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum starting at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31. Details are available at www.rockhall.com.
The museum in Cleveland will be opening a special exhibit dedicated to the 2014 inductees on early in the New Year.