The list of nominees for the 2015 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been announced, and Nine Inch Nails is on it.
The Smiths are also on the list, which is pretty awesome. I don’t care what you think: I love that band.
Trent Reznor’s band is one of this year’s first-time nominees, along with Green Day.
The list also boasts Chic, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, N.W.A., Lou Reed, The Spinners, Sting, and War.
Bill Withers also made the list as did Stevie Ray Vaughn.
“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.
I can’t believe there’s still no love from the Hall for the Moody Blues. It is almost criminal.
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