This Oct. 11, 2012 file image released by Starpix shows, from left, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer of KISS as the band arrives at SiriusXM offices to promote their latest release "Monster," in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, File)

This Oct. 11, 2012 file image released by Starpix shows, from left, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer of KISS as the band arrives at SiriusXM offices to promote their latest release “Monster,” in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Nirvana, Kiss and Peter Gabriel will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

The Rock Hall announced Tuesday that Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens also will be inducted April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

In this Sept. 17, 2013 file photo, American musician Linda Ronstadt poses in New York to promote the release of her memoir "Simple Dreams." (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

In this Sept. 17, 2013 file photo, American musician Linda Ronstadt poses in New York to promote the release of her memoir “Simple Dreams.” (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their first release. Nirvana received a nomination in its first year of eligibility and next year the band will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its debut, “Bleach.” The induction comes 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide at age 27.

This 1991 file photo shows the band Nirvana, from left, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and Kurt Cobain. (AP Photo/Chris Cuffaro, File)

This 1991 file photo shows the band Nirvana, from left, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and Kurt Cobain. (AP Photo/Chris Cuffaro, File)

“For once … I’m speechless. From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to … the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, now the frontman for Foo Fighters, said in a statement Tuesday. “I’d like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock and roll.”

“Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain,” bassist Krist Novoselic said in the statement issued on behalf of Nirvana. “And to everyone who’s kept rock music going strong for 60 years and counting.”

In this May 20, 2008 file photo, Daryl Hall, left, and John Oates pose before the 56th annual BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

In this May 20, 2008 file photo, Daryl Hall, left, and John Oates pose before the 56th annual BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

This year also marked first-time nominations for Hall and Oates, Gabriel and Ronstadt. Kiss and Stevens, who have been nominated in the past, made the cut after being absent from the list for several years.

This May 11, 2009 file photo shows Yusuf Islam, previously Cat Stevens, during a sound check for his concert at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

This May 11, 2009 file photo shows Yusuf Islam, previously Cat Stevens, during a sound check for his concert at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Peter Criss, Kiss’ original drummer and vocalist, said the band changed rock forever by raising the bar for live performances.

“We were four guys from New York City who brought Barnum & Bailey into rock and roll,” he told The Associated Press. Criss last toured with the band in 2003 and hopes to be asked to perform with the other three founding members at the induction ceremony at New York’s Barclays Center. The Hall of Fame is in Cleveland, but the location of the induction ceremony varies from year to year.

In this Aug. 11, 1999 file photo, Kiss band members, from left, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Paul Stanley take the ceremonial first step on their new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Katie Callan, File)

In this Aug. 11, 1999 file photo, Kiss band members, from left, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Paul Stanley take the ceremonial first step on their new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Katie Callan, File)

“We wanted the makeup and the costumes and the bombs,” Criss said. “Our idea was to give people a hell of a lot more for their money. We changed music by insisting you can’t go up there and just sing anymore. That’s going to stand forever.”

Singer/guitarist Paul Stanley, who with bassist Gene Simmons has anchored Kiss’ changing lineup for 40 years, said the band never cared when critics slammed them.

“The spirit of rock and roll for me has always meant following the paths I choose, regardless of what my critics or my peers think,” he said. “For 40 years, Kiss has built an army that apologizes to no one, and I’m honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame knowing we have remained true to ourselves and our fans.”

Also at the ceremony, The Rolling Stones’ managers, Andrew Loog Oldham and Brian Epstein, will receive Ahmet Ertegun awards, a non-performing honor. And Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band will get the award for musical excellence.

N.W.A., one of the 16 nominees announced in October, did not make the cut. The iconic rap group includes Dr. Dre, who has launched successful solo albums and is the producer behind Eminem, 50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar.

More than 700 Rock Hall voters determined the 2014 class.

The 29th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be open to the public. Tickets go on sale next month.

The event will air on HBO in May.

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Associated Press writer Wayne Parry in Point Pleasant, N.J., contributed to this report.

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