Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees controversial as always

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s announcement this morning of its 2015 honorees is inspiring a predictably mixed response from music critics.

The 30th annual induction ceremony — to be held in Cleveland on April 18 — will pay homage to honorees Lou Reed, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the "5" Royales, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, and Ringo Starr.

Not everyone is thrilled.

“The vote against Chic is only the latest manifestation of the Rock Hall’s tortured dealings with the legacy of disco,” complains the New York Times’ Ben Sisario, while noting that others who failed to make the cut are Kraftwerk, Nine Inch Nails, Sting, N.W.A, the Smiths, the Marvelettes, the Spinners and War.

The Albany Times Union’s Chuck Miller, however, was relatively pleased. “This time, the Class of 2015 may have gotten it right — or at least more ‘right’ than they have in the past, when they inducted Madonna and ABBA and ... well ... ABBA? Really? ABBA is to rock and roll what beige is to a rainbow."

Miller says that, all and all, he’s okay with this year’s choices, although he did append a list of artists that he feels voters should be considering next year. Among them were prog-rockers Yes and King Crimson, ‘80s synth-pop bands Depeche Mode and Duran Duran, and behind-the-scenes innovators Robert Moog and the Muscle Shoals Studio musicians.

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo and Lana del Ray fans can take heart: They’ll all be eligible for induction come 2035. 

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