Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, and The Replacements are among first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The hall of fame announced its annual list of nominees Wednesday morning and half the field of 16 were first-time nominees. YES, Link Wray, and the Zombies also received their first nominations.
More than 600 voters will determine the class of 2014. Inductees will be announced in December and a ceremony will be held in April in New York. The induction will be aired on HBO in May.
Nirvana is nominated in its first year of eligibility. If selected for induction, the band would enter the hall of fame almost exactly 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain’s suicide at age 27.
Ronstadt receives her first nomination not long after she shared news that she has Parkinson’s disease. Fans have long questioned her absence from the hall’s roster of stars. Similarly, long-denied YES joins the list after Rush finally struck a blow for prog rock with its induction earlier this year.
Repeat nominees are KISS, LL Cool J, N.W.A., Cat Stevens, Deep Purple, the Meters, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Chic. It’s the eighth nomination for Chic since 2003, but comes as co-founder Nile Rodgers is enjoying widespread attention after his collaboration with Daft Punk earlier this year.
KISS, LL Cool J, and Stevens return to the list after absences of several years.
Redman wins 6 Doves
Singer-songwriter Matt Redman won a leading six trophies Tuesday night at the Dove Awards, and TobyMac was named artist of the year at a ceremony that reflected his growing influence.
Redman, who did not attend, used his song “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” to rule the Gospel Music Association’s 44th annual Christian music awards, winning songwriter of the year and song of the year.
It was TobyMac’s second artist of the year award on his seventh nomination in the category and his first since 2008. The gospel hip-hop artist won a total of four awards to bring his career total to 18, including pop-contemporary album “Eye On It” and short-form video for the title song. He performed that song at the top of the awards, appearing on stage at Lipscomb University in Nashville, with a drum corps and a yellow and black candy-striped cane.
A short time later the Doves honored rapper Lecrae, who won rap/hip-hop album and song of the year, and his proteges Trip Lee, KB, and Andy, who performed their rap song “One Sixteen.”
Lecrae gave TobyMac — real name Toby McKeehan — credit for the growing presence of rap in the Christian music world.
Other top winning performers included Jason Crabb with four, Tasha Cobbs with three, and Chris Tomlin and Tamela Mann with two each.
For King & Country won best new artist.
Fashion by Minaj
Nicki Minaj knows celebrities-turned-designers aren’t always taken seriously in the fashion world, but she doesn’t mind.
At a launch event Tuesday for her Kmart collection, Minaj said skepticism of stars lacking formal design training is “understandable,” but she insists it’s “not about being a designer.”
The “Starships” rapper says her intention is simply to make clothes that she would love to wear.
The line for Kmart and shopyourway.com features midriff-baring tops, patterned leggings, and curve-hugging dresses, as well as jewelry, clutches and bejeweled caps.
There’s also a pink velour track suit and a faux fur trapper hat.
Minaj says Chanel, Versace, and Herve Leger were among her inspirations.
Prices range from $3.99 for a studded bracelet to $37.99 for a light wash, denim jacket.