The nominees "represent the myriad places where rock and roll converges with blues, electronic, dance, Motown, R&B, funk and other genres,” said Joel Peresman, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation president and CEO.

Ballots are being sent to more than 700 artists, historians and members of the music industry.

In addition, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is offering fans an opportunity to participate from Oct. 9 through Dec. 9 online through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone and USA Today. The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a fans’ ballot being included along with other ballots.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 inductees will be announced in December, with induction ceremonies April 18, 2015, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.