Nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2014 class have been revealed, and one group stands head and shoulders above all.
Nirvana, the influential grunge rock trio whose first album release came a quarter century ago, is eligible for consideration for the first time in 2014.
The band joins the ranks of other first-time nominees such as Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Yes in vying for music immortality.
Also on the ballot are favorites from last year such as Kiss, Chic, Deep Purple and The Meters, along with hip-hop luminaries N.W.A. and LL Cool J.
It's a diverse field, one that will likely see fan support behind beloved acts and spark plenty of debate over what even constitutes a rock and roll artist.
Joel Peresman, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said:
"This year's nominees represent the broad definition of 'rock 'n' roll' and include an array of artists whose fans are deeply passionate about the possibility of induction."
The public will be given a chance to participate in the selection process .The top five artists, as selected by the masses, will make up a fans' ballot.
That will make up a single vote in choosing the 2014 inductees.
An artist becomes eligible for a nomination 25 years after releasing a debut, meaning that the Class of 2014 released their first recording no later than 1988.
Inductees will be enshrined in Cleveland by the Hall of Fame's voting body of roughly 600 artists, historians and music industry professionals.
The performers who receive the highest number of votes will be inducted April 10 in New York. This year's list of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees:
- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Deep Purple
- Peter Gabriel
- Hall & Oates
- LL Cool J
- Link Wray
- The Meters
- The Replacements
- Linda Ronstadt
- Cat Stevens
- The Zombies
Who do you think should get in?