This year, the current decade’s ’90s revival hit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in full force with the induction of Nirvana. The list of nominees for next year’s ceremony keeps the door open to what used to be called Alternative Nation, along with one of the revered bands that helped make the way for the era. Nine Inch Nails and Green Day are among the 15 nominees, along with their U.K. predecessors the Smiths.
To be nominated, artist must have released a recording 25 years ago or more. All of the above are first-time nominees. Others nominated for the first time this year are Bill Withers, Sting and Stevie Ray Vaughan, according to the Associated Press. Sting is already in the Rock Hall with the Police.
Disco luminaries Chic are nominated for their ninth time since 2003. German electronic visionaries Kraftwerk, last on the ballot a couple of years ago, get their third nod. Lou Reed, who passed away last October and is already a member of the Rock Hall with the Velvet Underground, received his third nomination and first since 2001. Gangsta rap innovators N.W.A. got their third nod in the last three years.
The induction ceremony is set for April 2015 in Cleveland, where the Rock Hall is based. The inductees are usually announced in December. For a third straight year, fans will be able to vote online, with their aggregate responses counting as a single ballot alongside more than 700 others from journalists, music executives and artists.