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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 nominees

Updated 12:07 AM ET, Wed December 17, 2014
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its new class of inductees for 2015. Here's a refresher on the music acts who were nominated for the honor, starting with Green Day. The band, which started out as some East Bay punks, mocked the world on such 1990s albums as "Dookie" and "Insomniac." courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts hit the big time with 1981's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
The smooth-voiced Bill Withers broke out with the hit single "Ain't No Sunshine" in 1971 and the classic album "Still Bill" the next year, with such hits as "Lean on Me" and "Use Me." courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
The Chicago-based Paul Butterfield Blues Band took rock 'n' roll back to its roots while adding elements of jazz and psychedelia, particularly in its landmark 1966 album, "East-West." courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan entered the pantheon of guitar heroes with such albums as "Texas Flood" and "Couldn't Stand the Weather." courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
Lou Reed's band, the Velvet Underground, was inducted into the Hall in 1996. As a soloist, Reed's works include the song "Walk on the Wild Side" and the album "The Blue Mask." courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
The legendary Spinners had their biggest hits with such songs as "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," many produced by Thom Bell. courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
The Smiths, led by vocalist Morrissey (second from left) and guitarist Johnny Marr (third from left), combined Morrissey's mordant lyrics with Marr's jangly guitar to produce such songs as "Girlfriend in a Coma" and "Shoplifters of the World Unite." courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
N.W.A. were pioneers of West Coast gangsta rap. Its members included Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, and the group's albums -- notably 1988's "Straight Outta Compton" -- are considered classics. courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
The Southern California hit-makers War featured a funky, bluesy sound that infused such albums as "The World Is a Ghetto" and "All Day Music" and long-lived singles like "Low Rider" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
Kraftwerk's synthesized sound first gained wide renown with 1974's "Autobahn," an electronic evocation of a ride down a German highway. Other notable works include "Trans-Europe Express" and "Computer World." courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
Chic, whose hits include "Le Freak" and "Good Times," helped define late-'70s dance music. courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor's grim, industrial sound appears on such best-selling albums as "Pretty Hate Machine" and "The Downward Spiral." In recent years, Reznor has turned to composing for David Fincher's movies, including the just-released "Gone Girl." courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
Sting first broke through as a member of the Police (inducted in 2003). As a solo artist, his albums include "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" and "The Soul Cages." His musical, "The Last Ship," is scheduled to premiere on Broadway on October 26. courtesy rock and roll hall of fame
The Marvelettes had hits with "Please Mr. Postman" (Motown's first No. 1 song), "Beechwood 4-5789" and "Don't Mess with Bill." courtesy rock and roll hall of fame