Bands are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first record. Nirvana released their debut album, Bleach, in 1989. That makes them eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.
Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, who actually was not in Nirvana when they recorded and released Bleach, was asked about the band's impending eligibility at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Grohl, who helped induct Rush into the Hall, told Rolling Stone:
"Well, hopefully they make us wait as long as Rush did – because did you see all their fans out there tonight?”
Rush was overlooked for years. At the ceremony, their fans were raucous and were probably the loudest in the history of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Grohl also said that he did not realize Nirvana would be eligible next year.
Most should assume that Nirvana will be inducted into the Hall in their first year of elibility. But, it the impending induction does pose and interesting question. Who takes Kurt Cobain's spot?