Lou Reed and Joan Jett among the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Lou Reed
Lou Reed is among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2015

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its newest inductees for 2015 and it’s a doozy of a list: Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Green Day, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Philadelphia-born Joan Jett along with her band, the Blackhearts. While Ringo Starr will receive the Award For Musical Excellence (making him the last of the Beatles to get a solo Hall of Fame accolade), 1950s R&B vocal group the "5" Royales will be honored with Hall’s Early Influence Award. The induction ceremony is held at Cleveland's Public Hall on April 18th, 2015, and tickets go on sale December 18.

Remember, artists become eligible for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame award 25 years after the release of their first album or single. That’s good news for, say, Green Day, who are entering the institution in their first year of eligibility (their debut EP, 1,000 Hours, came out in 1989). Still, other acts who were on the nominee ballot this year such as Kratfwerk, Chic, and Nine Inch Nails have been around longer than 25 years, and are more deserving due to their influence and merit, in this author’s humble opinion. Frankly, I'm overjoyed with everyone else who was awarded, especially the late Lou Reed – a recipient of an induction with the Velvet Underground – whose solo work was as potent, passionate and literate as his work in a band setting.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014