They captured the mood of an entire generation, sold bucketloads of records, and ushered in a whole new style of music in the process. That music became known as grunge and the band in question are Nirvana, who have just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
REM’s Michael Stipe did the honours, whilst the two remaining members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, put aside their differences with Kurt Cobain‘s widow, Courtney Love, to join together on stage to soak up the plaudits – and there were plenty of them.
Tasked with the job of inductor, Stipe naturally led the way: “I embrace the use of the word ‘artist’ rather than ‘musician’ because the band Nirvana were artists in every sense of the word,” he enthused. “To embrace and define a period of time. That is my definiton of an artist.” Novoselic later added: “Nirvana fans walk up to me every day and say thank you for the music.”
If anyone out there is wondering why all this has taken so long, the ruling is that there needs to be a gap of 25 years between the artist’s first release and induction into the Hall. This is what has made Nirvana’s inclusion even more special, as this is the first year it has been possible for them to receive the honour.
There were other inductees too. Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens all took their turn, but there was still some controversy, as KISS stayed true to their word and chose not to perform due to issues with the Hall’s criteria, which meant that only the original four members could be inducted. 2014 was also memorable for being the first year where management got in on the act as well, most notably with the inclusion of the Beatles‘ Brian Epstein.
The whole show will be screened on HBO on May 31.