Washington announces Nirvana Day to celebrate the band's entry into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame

Kurt Cobain's band will be inducted in a ceremony on 10 April 2014

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A small US town is devoting an official day to Nirvana in recognition of the fact that Kurt Cobain once lived there.

Hoquiam, in Washington state, has said that 10 April 2014 will be declared ‘Nirvana Day’ to celebrate the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the same day.

The town, which has a population of less than 10,000 people, is four miles down the road from Cobain’s actual hometown of Aberdeen. 

Mayor Jack Dunrey told local radio station KXRO that Nirvana deserve to be commemorated.

"They bring great honor, I think as I say, to our entire community. And I think that it's good Kurt Cobain lived in Hoquiam for a little while, but he and Krist Novoselic are part of our community, and I think it's good to honor our sons and their great accomplishments," he said.

Artists are only eligible to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first release. Nirvana will be inaugurated at the same time as Kiss, Peter Gabriel and Cat Stevens.

Nirvana released their debut album Bleach in 1989, meaning that they were nominated at the first possible opportunity, 20 years after Cobain committed suicide at the age of 27.

The induction ceremony is due to take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next year.