The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The 2015 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, and the Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed, N.W.A., Green Day, Kraftwerk and Sting are all up for induction.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jet & the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers round out the list of contenders. Eligibility requires the artist to have released their first record 25 years ago, making this the first year that Nine Inch Nails and Green Day are qualified.

As Consequence of Sound points out, Lou Reed has already been inducted as a member of the Velvet Underground and Sting as frontman of the Police, but both artists are nominated this year for their solo contributions.

Until December 9, fans are able to vote for the artist they'd like to see drafted into the Hall of Fame. The winner of Rolling Stone's poll will count as a fan ballot — just one vote of over 700 that makes the final decision. The induction ceremony will take place in April.