Lou Reed
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the list of induction nominees for 2015, including big names like The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Sting, and Lou Reed—the rock ‘n’ roll legend who died earlier this year after decades in the business, as the frontman for The Velvet Underground and a wildly successful solo artist. The 15 selections come from a wide variety of genres and decades—from ’60s Motown (The Marvelettes) and ’60s/’70s R&B (The Spinners), to ’70s disco (Chic) and ’80s hard rock (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) and hip-hop (N.W.A.), up through contemporary pop-punk (Green Day).

To make it into the Hall of Fame, artists have to have launched their careers at least 25 years ago and “have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.” Other factors considered include the influence on other artists, technical/stylistic innovation and skill, and the breadth of their body of work.

A foundation committee creates the initial nomination ballot, typically five to seven of which will be voted in by over 600 music artists, historians, and industry members around the world. In 2012, the Hall of Fame added a fans’ ballot, composed of the public’s top five picks from the list, which counts as one ballot in the tallying process. The results will be announced in December, and the induction ceremony will take place at the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in April 2015.

Below, the full list of nominees, in alphabetical order, and definitive songs from some of the artists:

1. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

2. Chic

3. Green Day

4. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

5. Kraftwerk

6. The Marvelettes

7. N.W.A.

8. Nine Inch Nails

9. Lou Reed

10. The Smiths

11. The Spinners

12. Sting

13. Stevie Ray Vaughan

14. War

15. Bill Withers

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