The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2015 nominee list was announced, and as expected the group is front-loaded with notable names. The collection includes Nine Inch Nails and Green Day, who are eligible for induction for the first time this year as their debut albums, Pretty Hate Machine and 1,000 Hours, respectively, were released 25 years ago.
Also featured on this year’s ballot are the late Lou Reed (as a solo artist), The Smiths, Stevie Ray Vaughan, N.W.A., Sting (as a solo artist), Kraftwerk, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Chic, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, War, and Bill Withers.
The event will have big shoes to fill following the epic 2014 ceremony that hosted the inductions of artists like KISS, The E StreetBand, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Nirvana, who was celebrated with a series of outstanding female-fronted covers at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Watch St. Vincent along with the surviving members of Nirvana shred through the group’s classic single “Lithium” at the 2014 ceremony:
Once again fans are invited to participate in the selection by voting for the top five nominees. The winners will be submitted as a single “fan’s ballot” along with over 700 ballots from artists, historians and music industry insiders. Fans can vote now until December 9th over at Rolling Stone.