Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced 15 nominees for possible induction in the Class of 2015.
Inductees will be determined by more than 700 artists, historians and music-industry professionals. For the third year, you can also participate in the process by casting your votes through Tuesday, December 9 at the official Rock Hall site. The top five vote-getters will make up a fans’ ballot, which counts as a single vote.
Artists are eligible for Hall of Fame consideration 25 years after releasing their first single or album (no later than 1989). The induction ceremony will be held on Saturday April 18 in Cleveland, the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
The nominees include only two British artists – the Smiths and Sting (who has already been inducted as a member of the Police) – and one German band (Kraftwerk). The remaining dozen nominees are all American.
Here’s the list of nominees:
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Green Day (first time nomineee; first year of eligibility)
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Nine Inch Nails (first time nominee; first year of eligibility)
The Smiths (first time nominee)
Sting (first time nominee)
Stevie Ray Vaughan (first time nominee)
Bill Withers (first time nominee)
OVERLOOKED AGAIN THIS YEAR: Los Lobos, the Moody Blues, the Pixies, NRBQ, the Cars, Weird Al Yankovic, Todd Rundgren, Judas Priest, the Replacements, Cheap Trick, Yes, Chubby Checker, Blue Oyster Cult…