The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always been a cynical enterprise that valued marketability over quality and historic value, but at one point they managed to at least get the inductions right. Their failure to complete that simple task in 2014 not only drove a headliner, future Hall of Fame member and a like-minded bunch of capitalists away from the institution and its induction ceremony, but managed to make the induction of Nirvana even more awkward right around the anniversary of Cobain's death.

Rock and roll isn't dead, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction committee is too busy decorating its mausoleum and planning its estate sale to notice. When even Kiss thinks you've sold out, something has gone terribly wrong.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

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