2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced

Green Day, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed, Sting and guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan are among the nominees to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

They are joined by the likes of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Smiths, The Spinners, War and Bill Withers.

“We are pleased to present this group of nominees, as they represent the myriad places where rock and roll converges with blues, electronic, dance, Motown, R&B, funk and other genres,” said Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “Rock and roll incorporates the styles of so many different kinds of music and that’s what makes this group of nominees – and this art form – so powerful and unique.”

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2015 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1989.

Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 700 artists, historians and members of the music industry.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning October 9, 2014, and continuing through December 9, 2014, fans can visit rockhall.com, rollingstone.com, and usatoday.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2015 inductees.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 inductees will be announced in December.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll’s global impact via special exhibits, educational programs and its Library and Archives.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio will be held on April 18, 2015, in Cleveland, the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Public ticket sale information will be announced at a later date. Klipsch Audio, a leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer, has entered into a three-year strategic partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that solidifies the brand as the first ever presenting sponsor of Induction Ceremony events and the Rock Hall’s Main Stage. Klipsch’s renowned products will also fulfill all audio needs within the iconic museum.

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Author: Buddy Iahn

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