Top 10 Facts

Kurt Cobain

10. Smells Like Teen Spirit

When Nirvana rocketed into popular consciousness in 1991 with "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Cobain became the face and enduring icon of alternative rock.

9. Teen Misfits

He used his fame to advocate for the rights of women, gays and other minorities and teen misfits like himself.

8. Courtney Love and Francis Bean Cobain

Cobain and Love married on February 24, 1992; their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, was born almost six months later on August 18.

7. Rock Legend

Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band, Nirvana.

6. Rolling Stone

Nirvana is ranked #30 on The Rolling Stone’s 100 best musicians of all time.

5. Awards.

Nirvana has received ten awards from twenty-four nominations.

4. Top Earning Deceased Celebrity

In 2006, Cobain took the place of Elvis Presley as the top-earning deceased celebrity, after the sale of the Nirvana song catalog.

3. Most Iconic Rock Musician

Cobain has been remembered as one of the most iconic rock musicians in the history of alternative music.

2. 75 Million Albums Sold Worldwide

Since their debut, Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, has sold over 25 million albums in the US, and over 75 million worldwide.

1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cobain was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 along with the rest of the guys in Nirvana.


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