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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Twenty-five years after asking fans if they could feel the band's "love buzz," Nirvana is nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
It's the first year that the influential grunge rockers have been eligible for consideration, joining the ranks of other first-time nominees such as Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Minnesota's The Replacements.
The Replacements recently reunited for three shows to headline RiotFest in Toronto, Chicago and Denver.
"I went back to being 18 just for like that moment," said longtime Replacements fan Christopher Pollard.
It's that little bit of teenage angst The Replacements embodied and fans enjoyed.
Before Seattle's grunge scene, in the 1980s there was the music coming out of First Avenue's-7th Street entry in Minneapolis.
"Yeah, we were wearing flannel and Chuck Taylor's way before they were," smiled Paul Pirner of 757's.
Pirner grew up in the '80s Minneapolis music scene. At the time, the city was full of talented acts and locally everybody knew it, but at the national level the Replacements music genre didn't pop until Nirvana and other Seattle acts propelled it in the 1990s.
Now in a sort of Music Hall of Fame quirk of fate, The Replacements and Nirvana are both up for honors.
"Boy, if they get in, I sure would be surprised," said Pirner. "But it sure would be great."
Also on the ballot are returning favorites from last year such as Chic, Deep Purple and The Meters, along with hip-hop luminaries N.W.A. and LL Cool J.
It's a diverse field, one that will likely see fan support swell behind beloved acts such as Kiss and Nirvana, and spark debates over the inclusion of Chic and Hall & Oates, who may not seem like textbook examples of rock artists.
"This year's nominees represent the broad definition of 'rock 'n' roll' and include an array of artists whose fans are deeply passionate about the possibility of induction," says Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.
For a second year, the public will be given a chance to participate in the selection process, and can cast votes through Dec. 10 at USA TODAY, Rolling Stone, and the official Rock Hall site.The top five artists, as selected by the masses, will make up a fans' ballot, a single vote in choosing the 2014 inductees.
To vote click here.
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