Long Beach’s Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Freeport native Lou Reed are among the nominees for the 2015 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, along with first-time honorees punk trio Green Day, industrial rock pioneers Nine Inch Nails, British indie heroes The Smiths, soul singer Bill Withers, blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Sting, as a solo artist.
Also up for induction are disco pioneers Chic, electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, gangsta rappers N.W.A., Philly soul vocal group The Spinners, Motown girl group The Marvelettes, “Low Rider” band War, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Jett’s remarkable career with The Blackhearts includes hits like “I Love Rock N Roll” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” as well as breaking ground for female rockers. Reed, who died in Southampton last October, was best known for his hit “Walk on the Wild Side,” though his career spanned a wide variety of styles. He is already in the Rock Hall for his work with the Velvet Underground.
More than 700 musicians and music industry insiders will whittle down the 15 nominees to a slate of 5-to-7 inductees to be announced in December. The induction will be held in Cleveland, where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is based, in April.
It would be quite the homecoming for Nine Inch Nails, who busted out of the Cleveland in 1989 with their mix of industrial dance music and rock in “Pretty Hate Machine.”
Green Day seems like another favorite, already helping induct both The Ramones and Guns 'N Roses. Singer Billie Joe Armstrong said the band was pleased to be nominated in their first year of eligibility. (Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their first major release.)
"Wow! Time flies. It's hard to believe it'll be 25 years since we released some of our first music," Armstrong said in a statement. "We are honored to be considered for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with many of our heroes."
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