The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2015, a fairly conservative set of inductees that, as as it continues into the ’90s after last year’s pick of Nirvana, embraces pop-punk over industrial rock.
Lou Reed, already in the Rock Hall with the Velvet Underground, returns to the Hall posthumously as a solo artist. Green Day enter, but not fellow nominees Nine Inch Nails (or, for that matter, the Smiths). This year’s voting panel of mainly journalists, music executives and artists also finally picked Joan Jett and her band, the Blackhearts. The rest of the 2015 class: Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
As for the night’s other honors, the Award for Musical Excellence goes to Ringo Starr, making him the fourth and final member of the Beatles to get into the Hall also as a solo artist. What’s more, an Early Influence Award goes to the “5″ Royales, the ’50s North Carolina rhythm and blues vocal group that wrote such widely covered songs as “Dedicated to the One I Love.”
Green Day, the ’90s pop-punk survivors from California’s East Bay, make it into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, a rare feat. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone, “Were in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this.”
The official induction ceremony takes place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall, for broadcast on HBO in May.
Joining Nirvana among 2014′s inductees were KISS, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates and Linda Ronstadt.