The 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced.
The six winners are: California pop punk band Green Day, "I Love Rock 'n Roll" femme rock trailblazers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, 1970s soul man Bill Withers, 1960s standouts The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, 1980s Texas bluesmen Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and songwriting giant Lou Reed, who's already in with the Velvet Undergound, but will be inducted as a solo artist. The latter three are posthumous inductees.
It's always good to have a Beatle avalable at the induction ceremony, which will be held in Cleveland in April, and Ringo Starr will get a special award for "musical excellence." Also, The "5" Royales, the 1950s North Carolina vocal group whose songs "Think" and "Dedicated To The One I Love" were later hits for The Shirelles and James Brown, respectively, are going in as an early influence.
Here's your local connection: Jett was born at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, and spent the first six months of her life in Philadelphia before moving to Rockville, Maryland.
Yhe list of nominees that didn't get in this year include Kraftwerk, Sting, The Spinners, The Smiths, N.W.A. and Nine Inch Nails, Chic, The Marvelettes and War.