Here’s the rule: if you released your first album at least 25 years ago, you’re eligible for nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, meaning this year’s cut-off date is 1989. These acts are on the ballot this year:
- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Green Day
- Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
- The Marvelettes
- Nine Inch Nails
- Lou Reed
- The Smiths
- The Spinners
- Stevie Ray Vaughan
- Bill Withers
Of the above, Lou Reed has the best lock because (1) he’s dead, so it’ll be a nice tribute; and (b) he’s already in the Hall with the Velvet Underground.
Voters include and international group of more than 700 artists, historians and members of the music industry. And yes, there will be some token fan voting once again. Effective today and running through December 9, regular people can visit www.rockhall.com, www.rollingstone.com, and www.usatoday.com. The top five fan picks will be thrown onto a “fans’ ballot” that will tossed into the rest of the voting.
We’ll find out who will be among the 2015 inductees in December.