The nominees for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are in are in and on the ballot for the third consecutive year is one of hip-hop's most illustrious groups, N.W.A. Others on the ballot are Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, Lou Reed, Sting, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers.

In order to be eligible for nomination, a music act had to release its first recording in 1989 or earlier. Also for the third straight year, fans will get their say in which acts they think should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by voting on RollingStone's website or at

The 2015 class of inductees will be announced in December, followed by an induction ceremony in April 2015.

Public Enemy was inducted into the Rock Hall in 2013, the Beastie Boys made it in 2012, Run-DMC made the cut in 2009, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip-hop act to ever be inducted into the Hall in 2007. Last year, LL Cool J was on the list of nominees, but he didn't make the cut for this year's ballot.