New Orleans funk music icons The Meters, who were up for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, have once again earned recognition on the list of 16 finalists for 2014 honors unveiled Tuesday night.
The other nominees this year include: Linda Ronstadt, KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates, N.W.A., Yes, LL Cool J, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, the Replacements, Link Wray and the Zombies.
The final list of inductees will be announced in December with the induction ceremony set for April. 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. Fans can weigh in with their choices starting today and continuing through Dec. 10 at the Rock Hall’s official website, and also at Rolling Stone and USA Today sites. The top five vote-getters will constitute the “fans’ ballot” that will be counted among the other 600 to be cast.
Last year, the Canadian group Rush won the popular vote, with the Meters placing 13th out of 15 nominees.
Still, in its nomination the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is likely to once again single 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).
If inducted in 2014, the Meters would join a long list of other New Orleans and Louisiana honorees: Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Lloyd Price, Earl Palmer, Dave Bartholomew, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair and Jelly Roll Morton. In 2011, legendary recording engineer Cosimo Matassa was also honored with a special Hall of Fame award.