Green Day, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and Stevie Ray Vaughan to join Rock And Roll Hall of Fame

Ringo Star will also receive Award for Musical Excellence

Green Day and Lou Reed are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joining acts such as Nirvana, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and The Clash.

Other acts in the class of 2015 include Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts.

In addition, Ringo Starr will receive the Award for Musical Excellence and the “5” Royales will receive the Early Influence Award at the ceremony, which will be held on April 18 2015 at Cleveland’s Public House.

Green Day become the 48th act to be inducted in their first year of eligibility. “I had to go for a walk when I heard the news,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone. “We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has always held something special for me because my heroes were in there. This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude.”

Reed, who previously appeared on the ballot in 2000 and 2001, becomes the latest act to be inducted as both a group member (with band Velvet Underground in 1996) and a solo artist, joining the likes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Neil Young. The late New Yorker is being inducted for his “uncompromising stance in the service of his artistic vision – often following commercial breakthroughs with daring, experimental projects that initially confounded both fans and critics only to gain recognition decades later.”

More than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry chose the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame list of inductees. This year, fans were also given the opportunity to vote for their favourite artist. To be eligible for nomination, an artist must have released a single or album at least 20 years prior to the year of nomination. Other names on this year’s ballot included The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Kraftwerk, Sting, and Chic.