Originally Posted by medford
Nirvana seems obvious
NWA was at the forfront of the gangsta rap, which lead to a more mainstream acceptance of rap overall and the eventual acceptance of less "hard" rap in the general mainstream. I don't know if a rap group belongs in the Rock n' Roll hall of fame, but I guess that's a mute point since they're nominated.
Not a huge replacements fan, but seems like they'd get a nod for the altenative music crowd.
I don't get the hate for KISS. Granted I grew up beyond their prime, but I wouldn't call them talentless. I don't know where they're songs/albums stand in terms of topping the charts, nor am I musically inclined, I couldn't play an instrument to save my life, but they have a handful of songs that I would call "just plain fun". Rock n' Roll is as much about the show as it is the music. Its why bands like ICP or Marylin Manson continue to thrive in the music business, its why a 100% cute Britney Spears can sell a ton of records, its also why a "crazy" ragged lookin' Britney struggles to gain attention. KISS was huge in the 70s, then had a revilatizaion a few years ago. They may not be the best band musically in the history of music, but as a kid of the 80s (born in the late 70s) KISS always felt big to me.
I wouldn't have a problem with any of these bands getting in. I'm not a KISS fan but they certainly were influential on a lot of people in the 70s and 80s. Remember, it's the Hall of Fame.