And the 2015 Inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Are…

It’s been 30 years since they started inducting artists into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And if you want to feel extra-old, take a look who made it for the class of 2015: Green Day.

Yes, Billie Joe and Co have been around long enough to make it. The rule is that you’re eligible 25 years after releasing your first record. Green Day’s 39/Smooth came out on April 13, 1990, meaning they just squeaked in terms of eligibility. (Yes, they were nominated last year but we’re talking about 2015 inductions, so it works.)

The other inductees include:

  • Lou Reed:  A shoo-in, given he died last year. He’s also in the Hall as a member of the Velvet Underground
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts:  Pioneer for women rockers.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble:  Revered Texas blues player who died much too young in a helicopter accident.
  • Bill Withers: Legendary soul singer
  • Paul Butterfield Blue Band: Legendary blues band.

Who was nominated but didn’t make it in?

  • Nine Inch Nails (Finished second in the fan voting with 13,114,454 votes but still didn’t make it.)
  • War
  • Sting
  • NWA
  • Kraftwerk
  • The Smiths
  • The Spinners
  • The Marvelettes
  • Chic

Better luck next time, I guess.

The induction ceremony will be help at the Hall in Cleveland on Saturday, April 18–25 years and 5 days after Green Day’s 39/Smooth came out.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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