The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 contenders have been announced, and the public gets to vote yet again.
The exciting list of potential Rock and Roll Hall of Famers for 2015 is finally out. The nominations this time include Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting. Also in the line of induction this year lie Kraftwerk, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, the Marvelettes, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Spinners, War and Bill Withers.
It is that time of the year when you keep your voting fingers ready to help your the artists you have worshipped all your life to attain the dream of every musician–the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is the third time in a row the public will get to vote along with artists, rock historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body.
Starting now, till December 9, 2014, fans have the power to vote for the nominees they would love to see get the honor. The artists/bands that get maximum votes will be announced by the end of the year, and will finally be inducted on April 18, 2015 at a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.
Fans can begin voting on RollingStone.com (click to vote here), where the top five acts will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the ballots that determine the Class of 2015.
The artists or bands contending for this year’s induction need to have released their first single of album in 1989 or earlier, in order to be eligible. Although many of the nominees have previously appeared on ballots, this is the first time Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers and Sting have been considered, with the first two being the only acts making it to the esteemed list in the first year of their eligibility.
While Green Day’s debut album 1,000 Hours released in April 1989, Nine Inch Nails came out with theirs, Pretty Hate Machine, in October 1989. Lou Reed and Sting have already been been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as members of the Velvet Underground and the Police, respectively.
The Rock Hall class of 2014 included Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt. The ‘Award for Musical Excellence’ was bestowed upon The E Street Band, while the ‘Ahmet Ertegun Award’ for non-performers was given to Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
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