New Orleans funk music legends The Meters will have to wait another year before seeing their importance to the music industry recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The group announced next year's inductees late Monday night via Rolling Stone. They include: Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt.
The E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence and Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldgham will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.
The Meters were up for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second year in a row. They were among 16 finalists this year. Other nominees who were also passed over included: N.W.A., Yes, LL Cool J, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, the Replacements, Link Wray and the Zombies.
Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Nominees are voted on by 600 members of the Rock Hall including all previous living inductees, musicians, historians, journalists, critics and music industry insiders. Last year, the process expanded to include a fan vote.
Despite their not being chosen, in its nomination the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has singled out the Meters’ influence on generations of other recording artists.
"James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament-Funkadelic all coasted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yet one of the true cornerstones of funk is still waiting for induction," wrote the Hall of Fame in its 2013 nomination.
"The Meters were not only the leading instrumental unit to emerge from the great musical gumbo of New Orleans, they were also one of the tightest and hardest-grooving ensembles R&B has ever seen."
Formed in 1965, the band included original members Art Neville (keyboards and vocals), Leo Nocentelli (guitar), George Porter Jr. (bass) and Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste (drums). Later Cyril Neville joined the band on percussion and vocals.
In addition to seminal recordings such as “Cissy Strut” and “Look-Ka Py Py,” they became known for their session work with Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer and LaBelle and recordings with Dr. John (also a recent Hall of Fame inductee).