As fan voting for this 2014’s induction class into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hits the final stretch, the competition among the nominees is getting stiff.
As of last year, the voting is open to the public: the top five artists voted for by the fans will make up the “fan ballot,” effectively giving all of the fans, combined, the same amount of voting power as any other member of the Hall’s voting body.
At the moment, KISS is in first place with 17.04% of the votes. The band, who became eligible for induction in 1999, has been passed up for over a decade, much to the chagrin of their fans.
Nirvana is in second place with 15.92%. This is the first year of eligibility for the Seattle grunge band, who has sold over 75 million records worldwide.
If voting ended now, the rest of the fan ballot would include Deep Purple (11.94%), YES (10.8%) and Hall and Oates (7.99%). However, Peter Gabriel (7.97%) trails the Philly soul duo by just 0.02% so that could change in the next few days. Online voting continues until December 10. Cast your ballot here.
– Jude Dsouza, WNCX Cleveland