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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Include Green Day, Nine Inch Nails and Sting Again

By    |   Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 12:07 PM

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named 15 nominees on Thursday, with the bands Green Day and Nine Inch Nails up for consideration in their first year of eligibility.

Along with Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, Sting has been nominated as a solo act. He entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 as a member of the Police. Nominees become eligible 25 years after their first recording, putting the consideration mark this year at 1989,  according to Billboard magazine.

"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 a statement from Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

"Rock and roll incorporates the styles of so many different kinds of music and that's what makes this group of nominees – and this art form – so powerful and unique," Peresman said.

N.W.A., which includes music mogul Dr. Dre and rapper turned actor Ice Cube, are also up for Hall of Fame membership. Other nominees include the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, Lou Reed, the Smiths, the Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers.

Some 700 artists, historians and members of the music industry will have the final word on the next class of inductees, in addition to fans who can vote starting Thursday and through Dec. 9. Fans can vote online at www.rockhall.com, www.rollingstone.com, and www.usatoday.com.

USA Today reported that Reed, who died last year, may have his best shot yet at being nominated individually. He was entered into the Hall of Fame in 1996 as a member of the Velvet Underground.

"This nomination acknowledges not just the significance of his solo career, but the huge influence he exerted on younger generations of artists, which became movingly clear with the outpouring of grief around the world after his death," Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis told USA Today of Reed's nomination.

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