The nominees for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced on October 9 and six rock ‘n’ roll legends are among the first-time nominees.
The list of the most massive stars for the hall’s Class of 2015 have been unveiled and for the third consecutive year, fans will vote along with more than 700 artists, historians and music-industry experts until December 9, when the results will be announced.
Six of the fifteen nominees are on the ballot for the first time and include: Green Day, The Smiths, Sting, Bill Withers, Nine Inch Nails and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Nine Inch Nails (photo: Antiquiet)
Other nominees include Lou Reed, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett and her band the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Chic and War.
Lou Reed (photo: Business Insider)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (photo: Sessions Guitar Center)
In order to be eligible, artists and bands had to release their first recording in 1989 or earlier.
All the artists “show the versatility of rock ‘n’ roll.” says Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.
This year’s ballot “represents a broad, diverse group of artists and demonstrates how rock ‘n’ roll has evolved over the years,” USA Today reads.
The 2015 induction ceremony will be held in April, in Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.