Nirvana, Kiss, Ronstadt, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel headed to Rock Hall

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“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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