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Green Day leads Rock Hall Class of 2015

December, 16, 2014
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Green Day Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty ImagesTre Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt will be indicted to the Rock Hall on April 18.
Green Day got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on their first try.

The punk rock power trio from California's East Bay leads the Class of 2015, along with the late Lou Reed, soul singer/songwriter Bill Withers, 1960s blues rock pioneers the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, garage rock royalty Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Reed, who died last year, is already in the Hall as a member of the Velvet Underground.
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Which of these artists not elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the worst snub?

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Among nominees who didn't make it this time were N.W.A., Chic, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Sting (who is already a Hall of Famer with The Police), The Marvelettes, The Spinners and Kraftwerk.

Rolling Stone has the story with quotes from the honorees and links to longer interview sessions.

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone that it's "just an incredible feeling" to be recognized by the band's fans and peers.

"For me, rock & roll is not an outdated term. To me, it means freedom. It was a way for me to express myself and I'm eternally grateful for the fact that I've been able to do that pretty much my whole life. It's never lost that meaning for me, whether I'm a fan myself or for Green Day fans. It's just the most liberating thing in the world," Armstrong told Rolling Stone in this Q&A.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and 1950s R&B group the "5" Royales will also be honored at the induction ceremony, scheduled for April 18 in Cleveland. Starr will be presented with the Hall's Award For Musical Excellence, while the "5" Royales will receive the Early Influence Award.

More World Cup featured music

June, 30, 2014
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Here is a list of artists featured on ESPN's coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, along with links to listen to and/or purchase their music:

Sergio Mendes: "Magdalenha" from the “Brasileiro” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Black Eyed Peas: "Mas Que Nada" from the “Timeless” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Bloco Aiye & School of Samba: "Kontiki" from the “The Rundown” album. (iTunes)

Flavia Coehlo:
"Amor e Futbol" single. (YouTube)
"Ta Bolado" from the “Bossa Muffin” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bungalove: "So eu e Voce" from the “Samba Natural” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Rosinha da Valencia: "Summertime" from the “Um Violao Em Primeiro” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Ledisi and Sergio Mendes: "Waters of March" from the “Encanto” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Matuto: "Diamond" from the “The Devil and the Diamond” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Isley Brothers: "It’s Your Thing" from the “The Brazil Connection” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Fatboy Slim: "Samba de Mundo" from the “Bem Brasil” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Daniel Haaksman: "Who’s Afraid of Rio" from the “Who’s Afraid of Rio” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Claudia Leitte and J Perry: "Dekole" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Pitbull, Claudia Leitte and Jennifer Lopez: "We Are One" single. (iTunes | Amazon

Monica da Silva: "That’s Not the Way" from the “Brasilissima” album. (iTunes | Amazon)


Michael Kamen and the London Philharmonic: "Central Services Office" from the “Brazil” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Banda Black Rio: "Tico Tico No Fuba" single. Amazon)

Kevin Teasley: "Mas Que Nada Stadium Remix". (SoundCloud)

Oba Oba Samba House: "Mas Que Nada" from the “Ao Vivo” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bixiga 70: "Balboa Dub" from the “Bixiga70” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bill Withers: "Lovely Day" from the “Menagerie” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Flora Matos vs. Stereodubs: "Sem Mao Na Cara and Pai De Familia" from the “Pretin” album. (iTunes)

Coldplay: "A Sky Full of Stars" from the “Ghost Stories” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Swedish House Mafia: " Don’t You Worry Child " from the “Don’t You Worry Child EP” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Astrud Gilberto: "Bim Bom (Psapp remix)" single. (Amazon)

Bebel Gilberto and Daniel Jobim: "Bim Bom" from the “All in One” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Emilio Santiago: "Garota de Ipanema" from the “Bossa Nova” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto: "Garota de Ipanema" from the “Getz/Gilberto” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Hossam Ramzy: "My Brazilian Pearl" from the “Ramzy, Hossam: Sabla Tolo II” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Rodrigo and Gabriel with Hans Zimmer: "The Pirate That Should Not Be" from the “On Stranger Tides” soundtrack. (iTunes | Amazon)

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