Probability of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Getting In

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Yesterday morning, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced 15 acts that are on the ballot to be inducted in its august body. Not to be confused with the Hard Rock Casino, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, that celebrates its new inductees with an April New York City ceremony, complete with performances and overlong speeches.

To be nominated, 25 years must have passed since an artist's first recording. Then 600 musicians, historians, and industry insiders have to give the OK. We're here to share with you each announced nominee's chance of being part of a museum in a city only Drew Carey thinks "rocks."

Artist: Nirvana
Chances of getting in: 1,000,000%. Every time they write the history of rock 'n' roll, Nirvana is the final chapter. There is no other band that will be nominated in the next 20 years that is as ensured of being voted in as this Seattle trio.

See also: Smells Like Grunge Illuminates: "The Message Nirvana Had Then Is Still So Relevant Now"

Artist: Kiss
Chances of getting in: 90%. I would put this shock-rock quartet at 100 percent, if it hadn't already had the doors shut in its face so many times. But with a lack of other obvious inductees, this year should be the one when the Hall of Fame endorses Gene Simmons' tongue.

See also: Photos: Kiss Kruise Sets Sail

Artist: The Zombies
Chances of getting in: 60%. Their songs are more famous than the band, but "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season" are timeless, and this might be the last chance to celebrate a '60s garage band.

Artist: N.W.A.
Chances of getting in: 45%. With Public Enemy making the Hall last year, N.W.A. should be a lock to get in this year as the godfathers of gangsta rap. They would provide some star power with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre present, but many of the voters aren't fans of rap and might want to reward a rapper they're more familiar with like...

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Kiss has been over looked so many times by the hall it is due for them to get in. Nirvana changed the sound of music from 80's hair bands to ditry 90's grunge. But the pixies should get in beforehand due to the influence. NWA should be without a doubt in due to they changed rap from Run DMC style to basically what you have now. I love the songs of the zombies but didnt know who sung them. The rest will wait a few more years until they get in but will when the time is right.


Honestly, Nirvana is irrelevant in terms of R&R when you compare them to the contributions of Kiss or Yes. Don't look at just your generation's music as all that is...take a look overall in the history of what a band has done. Hall & Oates are more relevant to R&R than what Nirvana contributed. Gene Simons agrees!

I guess Courtney Love, Bush, and Candlebox have a legitimate 1000% chance of getting in as well....


@GovtMule Kiss' influence? On what? Bands looking to fill their catalogs with hundreds of cookie cutter songs with that precise level of saccharine sweetness that makes them a perfect fit for Pepsi commercials? 

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