GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Adds 25 Recordings
Class Of 2017 Includes Selections By David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Deep Purple, Merle Haggard, Billie Holiday, Nirvana, N.W.A, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M., And Sly & The Family Stone
In keeping with its ongoing dedication to preserving and celebrating timeless recordings, The Recording Academy has announced the 25 newest additions to its GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. This year's collection acknowledges a diverse range of both singles and album recordings at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Each year recordings are reviewed by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. The Hall, now in its 44th year, currently totals 1,038 recordings.
"The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog and are an integral part of our musical, social and cultural history."
Representing an array of tracks and albums, the 2017 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees range from the Jackson 5's "ABC" to N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton. The list also features David Bowie's "Changes," Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Billie Holiday's Lady Sings The Blues, Prince's Sign "O" The Times, Merle Haggard's Okie From Muskogee, and the Beach Boys' "I Get Around." Other inductees include recordings by Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra, Cab Calloway And His Orchestra, Deep Purple, Dion, the Everly Brothers, Lesley Gore, Arlo Guthrie, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell, Mills Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M., Lalo Schifrin, Sly & The Family Stone, Sonny & Cher, and Rod Stewart.
The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.