Nirvana, featuring Warren native Dave Grohl on drums, is among six acts set to be inducted next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Joining Nirvana will be KISS, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and Hall & Oates. The Rock Hall on Tuesday announced the Class of 2014.
"For once ... I'm speechless," Grohl said Tuesday. "From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to ... the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I'd like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock and roll. Most of all, thank you to all of the fans that have supported rock and roll throughout the years, and to Kurt and Krist, without whom I would not be here today."
Grohl is former Nirvana drummer and now frontman for Foo Fighters. He was born at Warren's Trumbull Memorial Hospital and returns to the area to visit family. During the 2009 dedication of "Dave Grohl Alley" in downtown Warren, the rocker performed a free show in Warren's Courthouse Square Park, when he was awarded a key to the city.
"I am very, very proud to have this and to be from here because I know I can always come back here and be home," Grohl said at the time.
This year's Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their first release. Nirvana received a nomination in its first year of eligibility, and next year the band will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its debut, "Bleach." The induction comes 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide at age 27.
"Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain," bassist Krist Novoselic said in the statement issued on behalf of Nirvana. "And to everyone who's kept rock music going strong for 60 years and counting."
This year also marked first-time nominations for Hall and Oates, Gabriel and Ronstadt. Kiss and Stevens, who have been nominated in the past, made the cut after being absent from the list for several years.
Peter Criss, Kiss' original drummer and vocalist, said the band changed rock forever by raising the bar for live performances.
Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and producer Andrew Loog Oldman will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the E Street Band will be inducted under the Award for Musical Excellence.
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.