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Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths Lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Nominations

by Carolyn Menyes   Oct 9, 2014 10:32 AM EDT

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It may seem like the 2014 inductions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum just happened, but it's already time to start the process all over again. Today (Oct. 9), the nominees for the class of 2015 were announced, and include some rock juggernauts including Lou Reed, Green Day, The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

According to Fox 8 Cleveland, the nominees also include: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, StingN.W.A., The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, War and Bill Withers.

In order to be eligible for the 2015 Rock Hall class, artists must have released their first album or EP in or before 1989. As Rolling Stone points out, most of the acts on this year's long list have been nominated before or eligible for quite some time. Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are the lone nominees for 2015 who made the list on their first available year.

Green Day's debut EP, 1,000 Hours was released in April 1989 and Nine Inch Nails' debut effort, Pretty Hate Machine dropped on October 20 of that year.

From the 15 nominated bands, a selection for the official class inductees will be chosen and revealed by the end of the year. For the third year in a row, rock music fans will also have a say in which acts are inducted with a fan ballot at the Rock Hall website. The top five fan-voted acts will be submitted as one ballot.

The bands will offcially be inducted on April 28, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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