KISS fans have long believed that their favorite band deserved to be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Finally, voters are in agreement.

The famous costumed band, which has been eligible for induction for more than two decades, is part of the Rock Hall's Class of 2014. The other inductees, in the performer category, are Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and Nirvana.

The induction ceremony will be held April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Nirvana appeared to be the only lock for induction among this year's batch of nominees. The grunge-rock act is widely considered one of the most significant bands in music history, thus it would have been really hard to understand if the group was passed over in its first year of eligibility. (In order to be eligible, an act must have released its first single or album 25 years before nomination.)

There were no other safe bets in the mix, which included many other artists who had already been bypassed by the induction committee in previous years. Thus, it can't really be considered shocking that the hall decided to skip over prog-rockers YES, hip-hop legend LL Cool J, influential indie-rockers the Replacements and others that were originally nominated -- at least for the time being.

Still, it's a bit hard to fathom why voters chose to exclude N.W.A. for the second straight year, given the group's immense influence on hip-hop music and culture.

When it comes to enshrinement in the Rock Hall, however, sometimes it just takes time. Just ask KISS.

KISS has been eligible since 1999, and certainly had established Hall of Fame credentials well before that. It's proven to be one of the most durable bands in rock history, having survived lineup changes, critics' barbs, an astounding number of mediocre albums and numerous musical trends. Yet, the band has stayed incredibly popular over the decades, while helping to shape modern music with its theatrical stage shows and ingenious marketing schemes.

The other four artists selected in the performer category also have impeccable credentials. Cat Stevens was a commercial force in the 1970s, thanks to such multiplatinum albums as "Teaser and the Firecat," and his songs have been covered by countless other artists. Hall and Oates notched a half-dozen No. 1 hits in their heyday, including such memorable pop tunes as "Rich Girl" and "Maneater." Linda Ronstadt has won 11 Grammy Awards and sold millions of records. Peter Gabriel, who was enshrined in the Rock Hall as a member of Genesis in 2010, is being honored for a second time for a solo career that includes such highlights as 1986's multiplatinum "So."

Outside of the performer category, former Beatles manager Brian Epstein and former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham were voted to receive the Ahmet Ertegun Awards. Also, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band was selected with the Award for Musical Excellence.

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