Sting and The Smiths among nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Sting and The Smiths are among the first-time nominees for enshrinement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Sting is already in the rock hall as a member of The Police. The Smiths, a quartet led by singer-songwriter Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, had an intense five-year run in the 1980s.
Six of the 15 nominees for the hall's Class of 2015 are on the ballot for the first time. To be eligible, a musician had to release a recording in 1989 or earlier.
More than 700 artists and other members of the music community will vote on the inductees, with the results announced in December.
Other first-time nominees are punk trio Green Day, Lean On Me singer Bill Withers, rockers Nine Inch Nails and the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
With its ninth nomination since 2003, Chic is once again hoping for some good times. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was nominated for the fourth time. New York rocker Lou Reed, who died last October, was nominated for the third time and the first since 2001.
Other nominees are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Kraftwerk; Motown's The Marvelettes and the Los Angeles rap collective NWA.
With Dookie and American Idiot, Green Day scored two of the biggest albums of the 1990s and 2000s.
Withers, who has not released new music in nearly three decades, had a string of 1970s-era hits including Ain't No Sunshine.
Nine Inch Nails' hit, Hurt, was memorably covered by Johnny Cash.
The 2015 induction ceremony will be held in April in Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.