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Linda Ronstadt, Replacements, Nirvana among nominees for Rock Hall

The Replacements are among this year’s first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

First-time nominees for this next April’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, The Replacements, The Zombies, YES and Link Wray.

The list was announced early today and first-time noms made up half the total list of 16 nominees.

Nirvana is among the list of first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, almost 20 years to the date of Kurt Cobain’s death. | AP

The winners, who will be announced in December, will be determined by 600 international voters made up of artists, historians and members of the industry. The ceremony will take place in April and aired in May on HBO.


The nomination of Nirvana (in its first year of eligibility) comes nearly 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide. Ronstadt’s nomination (long overdue) arrives on the heels of her recent disclosure that the 67-year-old entertainer is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and is no longer able to sing.

Linda Rondstadt | AP PHOTO

Among the repeat nominees on the list: Cat Stevens, The Meters, Deep Purple, LL Cool J, N.W.A., KISS, Chic and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Butterfield, the late, great blues harmonica player/singer and Chicago native, died in 1987 at the age of 44.

In September, The Replacements closed out Chicago’s Riot Fest.