East Bay rockers Green Day is nominated for the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, along with 14 other artists including Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., Lou Reed and the Smiths.
Taking form in Berkeley’s punk scene in the late 80s before blowing up with breakout album Dookie in the early 90s, Green Day can be credited for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock with fellow California bands like Rancid (also from the East Bay), Bad Religion and the Offspring.
If Green Day is voted into the Hall of Fame it will join San Francisco guitarist Santana and thrash metal pioneers Metallica.
Artists are eligible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after their first recording was released (feeling old, anyone?). Fans can vote for their favorite nominees through Dec. 9. The top five acts from the fan vote will counts as one of over 500 ballots from a selection of artists, historians and music industry insiders who help decide the final Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
Voting results will be announced in December and an induction ceremony is planned for April 18, 2015, at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Last year, artist inductees included Nirvana, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, KISS and Peter Gabriel.
Class of 2015 Nominees:
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Nine Inch Nails
Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band