Green Day, Smiths Score Hall of Fame Nominations

Nine Inch Nails, Sting also get first-time nominations
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2014 2:38 AM CDT
Green Day, Smiths Score Hall of Fame Nominations
Sting performs in Atlanta last year.   (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP)

People who came of age in the '90s may be startled to learn that Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are now venerable enough to earn nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which requires a 25-year recording history. The other first-time nominees to the Class of 2015 are the Smiths, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sting, and Bill Withers, reports Rolling Stone, which has created a fan's ballot that will help determine who's inducted. The final results will be announced in December; the induction ceremony takes place next April.

The other nominees are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, NWA, Lou Reed, the Spinners, and War, reports NBC. All those acts have been nominated before, and this is the 10th nomination—and ninth since 2003—for disco band Chic, reports the AP. Lou Reed, who died last year, is already in the hall as a member of the Velvet Underground, and Sting is already in as a member of the Police. (More Nine Inch Nails stories.)

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