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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame New Inductees Include Green Day

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Left to Right, Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tre Cool of Green Day. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 11:41 AM

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2015 induction class Tuesday, which includes Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and Bill Withers.

Former Beatle Ringo Star will be given the award for musical excellence, making him the fourth member of the group to enter the Hall of Fame as an individual. The "5" Royals will be given the early influences award.

"As we mark 30 years of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, we're proud to honor these artists," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation president Joel Peresman in a statement. "These inductees epitomize rock and roll's impact over the past 50 years and continuing through today."

The 2015 induction ceremony will be held at Public Hall in Cleveland on April 18, the Hall of Fame announced.

"I had to go for a walk when I heard the news," Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone magazine. "We're in incredible company and I'm still trying to make sense of this. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something special for me because my heroes were in there. This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude."

Jett told Rolling Stone she was "flabbergasted" about getting into the Hall of Fame and that she needed a minute to let the news sink in when she received the phone call.

"I've set myself up to not expect it because it's easier to go about your life that way, just focusing on your life," said Jett. "If accolades come, they do and you don't have to stress out about it. I've always been hopeful because I think it's an incredible acknowledgment. I'm very proud to be with all these great musicians."

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that out of the more than 700 artists inducted into the Hall of Fame, less than 25 of them have been inducted twice as an individual and a member of the band. The hall makes two of those honors with Reed, who was inducted as a member of The Velvet Underground, and now Starr, who was inducted with The Beatles. His other bandmates, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, were previously honored as individuals as well, noted the Plain Dealer.


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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2015 induction class Tuesday, which includes Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and Bill Withers.
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