2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

Chic
Chic
They were on the ballot last year, but the disco vote likely went to the late Donna Summer. Nile Rodgers is the only surviving member of the group, and endured a pretty dire cancer health scare recently. Truthfully, it's likely that voters will want to vote the living legend in sooner rather than later. (Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
Already a Hall of Famer as a member of Genesis, Gabriel is now seeing his first time on the ballot, despite an incredible solo career that commercially peaked in the '80s with So. (Photo credit: Trevor Key)
(Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
Hall and Oates
Always stuck between rock and pop and R&B, they're one of the most successful duos of all time. Despite eligibility all the way back in 1997 and a bevy of indelible No. 1s throughout the '80s, this is Hall & Oates' first time on the ballot. Guess their comeback in recent years worked. (Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
(Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
(Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
Deep Purple
They, too, were on the ballot last year, and likely lost out the hard rock vote to Rush. The big question with them is, what versions of the band will be included. The "Mark II" version is a no-brainer, though.(Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
(Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
Link Wray
Link Wray
His early work in the '50s changed the way rock and rollers played electric guitar. He's not the marquee name of his contenders, but the Rock Hall typically includes an "influence" vote or two each year.(Photo credit: Polydor)
The Zombies
The Zombies
It's a bit surprising that this legendary British invasion band hasn't been inducted by now. To paraphrase the band, this could be their year. (Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt
Eligible for nearly two decades, this is her first appearance on a ballot. She represents the California country-rock that has become a bit more hip in recent years, thanks to the Laurel Canyon revival. Her recent announcement that she has Parkinson's Disease was, of course, tragic, but the sad truth is that this may push her higher up on some voters ballots. (Photo credit: Jim Shea)
Nirvana
Nirvana
If you're putting your money on one band being inducted in 2014, put it here. They're only eligible this year on a technicality; while debut Bleach was released in 1989, Nirvana did release a cover of Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz" in late 1988. (Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
A seminal '60s combo much-loved by music lovers, but not a high profile group; in fact there isn't even an official website paying tribute to the group. (Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
The Replacements
The Replacements
Their nomination was leaked early Tuesday via a fansite. Considered to be pioneers of the alternative rock movement, this Paul Westerberg fronted group saw success in the late 80s and early 90s with the Don't Tell a Soul and All Shook Down releases. (Photo credit: Deborah Feingold)
The Meters
The Meters
Formed in 1965, the original line-up included keyboardist and vocalist Art Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste. Percussionist/vocalist Cyril Neville would join in 1970. This is the third nomination for New Orleans funk group that released "Cissy Strut," "Look-Ka Py Py," and "Hand Clapping Song." They have been eligible for induction since 1994. (Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
(Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
Yes
Genesis and Rush have been inducted, so why not this giant of prog-rock? If inducted, it'll be fun to see who is invited to the party, considering Yes has had nearly 20 members through the years. (Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
(Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
LL Cool J
LL Cool J
Whatever you think of his output for the past decade, LL's contribution to early hip-hop is undeniable. Of course, some rock fans will never accept hip-hop, and will always complain that LL is on the ballot when Foreigner, Journey and Styx are not. (Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
(Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
KISS
Hall of Fame founder Jann Wenner has never made his disdain for the group a secret, and nominating committee member Dave Marsh has gone on the record saying, "KISS is not a great band, KISS was never a great band, KISS never will be a great band, and I have done my share to keep them off the ballot." Could this be their year, or is this just a tease? (Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
(Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
N.W.A.
N.W.A.
One of hip-hop's most influential groups, N.W.A. was at the front of the gangsta rap scene. Their lyrics glorifying drugs and violence led to ban on mainstream radio. Still the group that included Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube and MC Ren, sold more than 10 million records in the United States. This is their second nomination. (Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens
He'll probably compete for the soft-rock vote with Ms. Ronstadt, but can you really deny the guy who wrote "Wild World" and "Peace Train"? (Photo credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
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