by Steve Marinucci
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland announced its 2015 nominees on Oct. 9. And fans of the Monkees will have reason to complain again that their band was not nominated. Neither were the Moody Blues, “Weird Al” Yankovic or Yes, other populist picks.
The nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 are The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed, The Smiths, The Spinners, Sting, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers. Two of the nominees, Chic and N.W.A., were also nominated last year and didn’t make the cut for induction this year.
“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.”
The Hall said that 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.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said it will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Continuing through Dec. 9, fans can visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, Rolling Stone.com or USA Today.com to cast votes for those they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2015 inductees. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 inductees will be announced in December. (Will write-ins work?)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio will be held on April 18, 2015, in Cleveland, the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Public ticket sale information will be announced at a later date.
And what’s our prediction? Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sting, Lou Reed, the Marvelettes, Joan Jett will make it.