The music industry is abuzz with talk over the recent nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. An iconic list of first-time nominees includes KISS, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, LL Cool J, Jimmy Cliff, and Genesis. Among those previously nominated who have yet to become indoctrinated are ABBA, Donna Summer, the Stooges, and the Chantels. Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a prestigious, lifetime achievement for any musician.
Over 500 ballots were sent out to industry professionals and previous honorees to take part in the vote. The stipulation for eligibility is 25 years from the first record release of an artist or group. Nominees chosen for induction will be announced in December and the ceremony will take place at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan on March 15, 2010.
Perhaps the most highly anticipated first-time nominee, KISS, is also one of the most controversial when it comes to the Hall of Fame. They have been eligible since 1999 and have been bypassed by the nominating committee until now. Even though they feel it honor to be nominated this year, their previous dismissals from the ballot have been the subject of harsh words from the group and their fans regarding the nomination committee. Their presence in the rock-world has had a substantial effect to the point where members of their fan-base, commonly known as the “KISS Army,” staged a protest outside of the Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland when they were snubbed from the 2006 ballot.
If inducted, KISS also has to deal with the topic of which of the many members of the group should be included. Apart from the four original members (Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss), KISS has seen a number of members come and go throughout the band’s lifetime. Co-founder, Paul Stanley, commented that, “We have been doing this a lot longer than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has existed.”