The 14 nominees for next spring’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction have been announced . . . and they include Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting.
Sting’s band The Police is already in the Rock Hall . . . as is Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground. Of course, Lou passed away last year.
The rest of the nominees are: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band . . . Kraftwerk . . . Chic . . . Joan Jett & the Blackhearts . . . the Marvelettes . . . the Spinners . . . Stevie Ray Vaughan . . . War . . . and Bill Withers.
The Class of 2015 will be announced in December . . . and the ceremony is happening in Cleveland on April 18th.
More than 700 industry types vote on who gets in, but YOU can cast a ballot on RockHall.com. The top five fan favorites are taken into consideration. Voting will remain open through December 9th.
In order to be eligible for this year’s ballot, acts need to have released their first single or album in 1989 or earlier.
This was the first year of eligibility for Green Day and Nine Inch Nails . . . and in addition to them, this is the first nomination for the Smiths, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers and Sting.
Other artists who became eligible this year, but did not make the cut include: Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra, Dream Theater, the Gin Blossoms, Lenny Kravitz, Manic Street Preachers, Pavement and Toad the Wet Sprocket.
(You can find a complete list of all the artists that are eligible for the Rock Hall, here. The top box has the ones that just became eligible this year.)