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Probability of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Getting In

Yesterday morning, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced 15 acts that are on the ballot to be inducted in its august body. Not to be confused with the Hard Rock Casino, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, that celebrates its new inductees with an April New York City ceremony, complete with performances and overlong speeches.

To be nominated, 25 years must have passed since an artist's first recording. Then 600 musicians, historians, and industry insiders have to give the OK. We're here to share with you each announced nominee's chance of being part of a museum in a city only Drew Carey thinks "rocks."

Artist: Nirvana

Chances of getting in: 1,000,000%. Every time they write the history of rock 'n' roll, Nirvana is the final chapter. There is no other band that will be nominated in the next 20 years that is as ensured of being voted in as this Seattle trio.

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Artist: Kiss

Chances of getting in: 90%. I would put this shock-rock quartet at 100 percent, if it hadn't already had the doors shut in its face so many times. But with a lack of other obvious inductees, this year should be the one when the Hall of Fame endorses Gene Simmons' tongue.

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Artist: The Zombies

Chances of getting in: 60%. Their songs are more famous than the band, but "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season" are timeless, and this might be the last chance to celebrate a '60s garage band.

Artist: N.W.A.

Chances of getting in: 45%. With Public Enemy making the Hall last year, N.W.A. should be a lock to get in this year as the godfathers of gangsta rap. They would provide some star power with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre present, but many of the voters aren't fans of rap and might want to reward a rapper they're more familiar with like...

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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