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Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ringo Starr, Joan Jett + Lou Reed Elected Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Green Day and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band have all been elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Beatles legend Ringo Starr will also be honored as the recipient of the hall’s “Award for Musical Excellence.” Starr was, of course, already inducted to the hall as a member of the Fab Four back in 1988. His bandmates have each been previously inducted for their solo careers — John Lennon in 1994, Paul McCartney in 1999, and George Harrison in 2004.

Reed, who passed away last year, is also a two-time honoree, having joined the Hall of Fame back in 1996 as a member of the Velvet Underground. Vaughan, who died in 1990, was the runaway winner of this year’s “fan’s ballot” voting, as 18 million music lovers insisted the time for him to join the Hall of Fame had arrived.

We’ll have much more on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2015 throughout the day — including reactions from the winners. The induction ceremony will be held at the Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, April 18.

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