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The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations

9.10.14




This year’s ballot for the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductions have just been announced and like every year, it’s a tough choice to make.


First time nominees are Green Day, Nine Inch Nails and Bill Withers and according to Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, the new nominees are a “diverse group of artists” that "demonstrates how rock ‘n’ roll has evolved over the years." He is of course talking about acts such as Kraftwerk, NWA and Chic who are also nominated this year.

Although it is known that an artist or band is eligible for consideration 25 years after releasing their first single or album, the “who’s” and “why’s” of the nominations are actually the greatest mystery in rock and roll.

More than 700 artists, historians and music industry professionals cast their votes to determine the inductees each year, as well as the public. You can cast your votes at the fan vote at the R&RHoF website right here, until December 9th.

The nominees this year are:

  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

  • Chic

  • Green Day

  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

  • Kraftwerk

  • The Marvelettes

  • NWA

  • Nine Inch Nails

  • Lou Reed

  • The Smiths

  • The Spinners

  • Sting

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan

  • War

  • Bill Withers
To depreciate a bit the role and significance of this institution, do you know who are not in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame yet, though they have been eligible ages ago? Grab a chair… Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, MC5, The Monkess, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, Ozzy Osbourne, Yes, King Crimson, The Moody Blues, T. Rex, Roxy Music, Gram Parsons, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, New Order and so many others. Madonna is in since 2008, John Mellencamp too, also in are a bunch of doo-wop groups from the 50s, which I love, don’t get me wrong, I’d just prefer Deep Purple in sooner than The Famous Flames or The Midnighters. So, go figure.

For the record, the five I voted for at the fan vote this year are Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed and War.

ZR

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