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For most, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame means next to nothing; the vanguard of the old trying and failing to extend its influence on to the youth. To others, its an advertisement at the Cleveland Airport. But to a very small group, the Hall of Fame means something, and the newest nominees for 2014 have just been announced. Its an eclectic bunch, ranging from first time nominees Nirvana (their first year of eligibility) to older acts such as Hall and Oates, Deep Purple, and Peter Gabriel.
For an act to be nominated, they must have released their first single or album twenty-five years ago. Only eight of the nominees will be inducted into the hall. A panel of artists, historians and music industry insiders will vote on the acts with over six-hundred ballots being counted. The public can vote and their collective vote will count as one ballot, which may not be the most representative vote, but at least you get a say!
As one can see, the Hall of Fame is not particularly exciting, but it can lead to some exciting performances. Rolling Stone reports that if Yes are inducted they perform with original singer Jon Anderson, who left the band in 2004.
Here is the full list of nominees. You can vote for your favorite act at Rolling Stone’s website.
Hall and Oates
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Paul Butterfield Blues Band