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Green Day get rock hall of fame nod

Green Day and ex-Beatle Ringo Starr are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - but heaven knows The Smiths may be miserable now after failing to make the cut.

Mancunian guitar heroes The Smiths had been on the shortlist of stars who were considered for the accolade but did not make the grade with the 700-strong electorate, comprising fans, artists and members of the music industry.

Basket Case and Boulevard Of Broken Dreams punk-pop act Green Day have been accepted for the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.

Musicians can be nominated 25 years after releasing their first record, and the punk trio released their first album, 1000 Hours, in 1989, although it took 2004's American Idiot to establish them as one of the biggest bands in the world.

Starr is already in the Hall of Fame as a member of the Beatles, but will be honoured with the Award for Musical Excellence.

Other shortlisted acts who were not so lucky included Nine Inch Nails, German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and Sting.

2015's inductees will also include Bill Withers, Lou Reed and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts.

Withers, who ended his musical career in 1985 and rarely makes public appearances, may sing at the Hall of Fame ceremony on April 18, 2015.

He told Rolling Stone he did not know whether he could still sing, joking: "I don't want to be one of those old guys that sounds like a gerbil trying to give birth to a hippopotamus."

But he added: "Of course I want to play."

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