2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees – voting links here

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees – voting links here

Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, viewed from Lake Erie.
Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, viewed from Lake Erie. (Via Wikipedia)

CLEVELAND, October 9, 2014 — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just announced its nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. 2015 nominees are:

  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Chic
  • Green Day
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • Kraftwerk
  • The Marvelettes
  • W.A
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Lou Reed
  • The Smiths
  • The Spinners
  • Sting
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • War
  • Bill Withers

In announcing the nominees, Joel Peresman, the Rock Hall’s president and CEO said “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.”

According to the Hall of Fame’s rules, 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. In the case of the latest batch of nominees, their first recordings would have to have been released during calendar year 1989 or earlier.

While ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 700 artists, historians and members of the music industry, dedicated rock fans can also get in on the voting action.

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Starting today, October 9, 2014, and continuing through December 9, 2014, rock fans can visit www.rockhall.com, www.rollingstone.com, and www.usatoday.com to cast votes for the individual artists or ensembles they think most deserve to be inducted into the internationally renowned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When the virtual polls close in December, the top five artists chosen by the public will be included on what the Hall calls a “fans’ ballot.” That ballot, in turn, will be tallied with the other ballots leading to the final choice of 2015’s nominees, all of whom will be announced in December.

The 2015 Induction Ceremony will be held in Cleveland, Ohio—the lakeside home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, on April 18, 2015.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17