December 16, 2014


Green Day, Lou Reed Among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images
Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images

In October of this year, we reported that outsider electronic act Kraftwerk and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were up for induction in the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, alongside pop-punk prodigies Green Day, the melodic and morose Smiths, hip hop heroes N.W.A.the Velvet Underground's Lou ReedNine Inch Nails and more. Today, after much deliberation, the 2015 inductees have been chosen! 

Green Day might be the most surprising act on the list, as this was the first year the California cool kids were eligible for nomination. (Bands become eligible 25 years after the release of their first single or album.) Joining Billie Joe Armstrong and crew are Lou ReedJoan Jett & the Blackhearts, soul icon Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Additionally, The Beatles iconic drummer Ringo Starr will be presented with The Award For Musical Excellence, and the 1950s R&B group The “5″ Royales will receive The Early Influence Award.

The induction ceremony will take place on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland's Public Hall. Tickets to that event go on sale this Thursday. 

Read more about the upcoming ceremony here and check out photos from this year's induction below.