The band barely makes the 25-year eligibility requirement for the length of an artist’s recording career. If they end up getting the nod for the Hall, the band will be inducted 20 years to the month after the suicide of Cobain.
Joining Nirvana are first-time nominees Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Yes, The Zombies and Link Wray.
Past nominees who are up for induction this year include The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Deep Purple, KISS, LL Cool J, N.W.A, Cat Stevens, The Meters and Chic.
Chic has been nominated for induction eight times but has failed to make the cut.
Fans will be able to vote for the final inductees by visiting the Hall’s website between Oct. 16 and Dec. 10.
According to the site:
“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is offering fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. The public has the opportunity to vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a ‘fans’ ballot’ that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 inductees, who will be announced soon.”