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The big list is out for acts under consideration to enter next year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Bill Withers is a first-time nominee, along with Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, and The Smiths.  German electronic band Kraftwerk, hip-hop ensemble N.W.A., blues singer-guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lou Reed, and Motown group the Marvelettes are also among the nominees, as are Sting, War, The Spinners, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. 

The list will be pared down to inductee selections by vote.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be held April 18th in Cleveland, Ohio -- home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. 

Artists are considered eligible for induction into the Rock Hall 25 years after their first single or album release.  Inductees will be determined by a voting body of industry professionals.  The public will also have a say in the process, casting votes online through the Rock Hall, Rolling Stone and USA Today websites.  Those votes will determine a top five fan ballot that will count as a single vote toward the induction selection. 

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