By Susan Sliwicki
Although 15 acts have made the ballot for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, the majority of those acts have been there before.
Appearing on the ballot for the first time this year are Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Sting and Bill Withers. This is the first year Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are eligible for nomination. The initial news release failed to indicate new or repeat status for nominee Stevie Ray Vaughan, who first was eligible in 2008.
Chic earns the dubious honor of the act appearing the most times on the ballot without being inducted. The 1970s group was nominated eight times before: 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. Will the ninth time be the charm?
Other 2015 nominees who have been on the ballot at least once before are:
• Paul Butterfield Blues Band (2006, 2013, 2014);
• Joan Jett and The Blackhearts (2005, 2012);
• Kraftwerk (2003, 2013);
• Marvelettes (2013);
• NWA (2013, 2014);
• Lou Reed (2000, 2001);
• The Spinners (2012);
• War (2009, 2012).
The Rock Hall will announce the 2015 inductees in December. The induction ceremony will occur April 18, 2015, in Cleveland.
Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 700 artists, historians and members of the music industry. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again will offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Now through Dec. 9, 2014, fans can visit www.rockhall.com, www.rollingstone.com, and www.usatoday.com to cast votes for the acts they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2015 inductees. Goldmine will also post an unofficial ballot online (www.goldminemag.com).
“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,” said 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.”
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2015 nominees had to release their first recordings no later than 1989.