The Year in Rock 2014 — Nirvana, KISS Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Green Day, Joan Jett Make 2015 Class

Image Courtesy of Universal Music Group - Anton Corbijn2014 marked the first year that Nirvana was eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was also the same year the grunge legends were inducted.

During the induction ceremony, which took place in Brooklyn, New York, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe introduced the band, which was represented by drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, and Cobain's mother and sister.

Grohl and Love, who famously feuded for years following Cobain's death, hugged on stage, indicating the two had apparently reconciled.

In addition to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the surviving members of Nirvana, along with touring guitarist Pat Smear, performed four songs with four different lead singers. Joan Jett joined the band for "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Sonic Youth's Kim Gordan sang "Aneurysm," St. Vincent sang "Lithium," and Lorde sang "All Apologies."

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class also included KISS, and -- in fitting with the band's theatrical image -- drama was involved. The Rock Hall committee said that only the band's four original members -- Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehely and Peter Criss -- could perform at the ceremony. This led to the band members hurling insults at the Rock Hall, as well as at each other. As such, it was decided that no incarnation of KISS would play during the ceremony.

However, when it came time for the band to be inducted by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, the four original members played nice, and the ceremony went smoothly.

Just in time for the new year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Green Day and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will be inducted in 2015. Like Nirvana, Green Day will be inducted during the first year that the band was eligible. Nine Inch Nails and The Smiths were also considered for induction.

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