The newest inductees will be Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, Stevie Ray
Vaughan & Double Trouble, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the 5 Royales, and Ringo Starr will be
Ringo Starr will be given the Award for Musical Excellence, an honor that goes to musicians who aren’t
exactly in the spotlight, that last went to the E Street Band in 2014. The “5” Royales, an R&B band popular
in the ’50s, will be inducted in the Early Influences category, while the rest of the musicians will be inducted
in the Performers category.
This year’s inductees beat out fellow nominees including Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, and Sting. The induction
ceremony will be at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18th.