American singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994), performs with his group Nirvana at a taping of the television program 'MTV Unplugged,' New York, New York, Novemeber 18, 1993. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced its shortlist for the class of 2014, and at least one artist certainly stands out as a no-brainer.
Nirvana released their debut album, Bleach, in 1989. Bands become Hall-Of-Fame-eligible 25 years after a band's first album or single. Acknowledge the love for Nirvana from both critics and fans, the music historians that pin Nirvana as the catalyst for the mainstreamization of what became "alternative" music, and do some quick math - you'll come to the conclusion that we have a likely shoe-in for a first-ballot Hall Of Famer.
If Nirvana led the mainstream takeover in 1991, The Replacements played a strong supporting role. Though the raw, raucous Minneapolis group played their last live show (at least until some festival dates last month) just two months before Nirvana broke through with Nevermind, they were just as essential to America's burgeoning 'college rock' scene that eventually evolved to become "alternative rock". They didn't sell many records, but The Replacements are critical darlings and the Rock Hall generally rewards such bands. The Replacements are also among nominees to the Rock Hall's 2014 class.
Kiss, Deep Purple, Yes, Linda Rondstat, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, N.W.A., and more populate the 2014 Rock Hall nomination class. Click here to see the full list.