Green Day, Joan Jett Among 2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees, Ringo Starr To Get Special Excellence Award

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2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

By Shari Weiss

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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Green Day, Joan Jett, and the late Lou Reed are among the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The new class of honorees was announced Tuesday morning.

Green Day made the cut its very first year of eligibility. The Hall of Fame considers musical acts whose debut record was released at least 25 years ago. The punk band’s first album came out in 1990, allowing them to just make the requirement in the new year.

They join Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, with other group inductees Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, as well as the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Vaughan and Butterfield will be posthumously honored, as will Reed, who died last year. Reed will now be a double inductee, after already being granted Hall of Fame admission as part of Velvet Underground in 1996.

Bill Withers, the voice behind “Lean On Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and “Just The Two Of Us,” is another inductee. The organization will also honor Ringo Starr this year with the Award for Musical Excellence for his contributions to the industry, making him the fourth Beatles member to be inducted solo, on top of the legendary band’s group inclusion. The “5” Royales will receive the Early Influence Award.

Of course, there were also acts that missed the cut. Sting, Nine Inch Nails, and N.W.A were all among the nominees who failed to garner enough support to make the new selection. The 2015 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be the organization’s 30th. It’s slated to take place in Cleveland on April 18. What do you think of this year’s inductees?

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