David Bowie, Nirvana, Prince among those to have works inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame

25 works were chosen for induction in the Grammy Hall of Fame this week, including songs by David Bowie and Nirvana and Prince’s album Sign O’ The Times.

This year’s list of inductees pushes the Grammy Hall of Fame, now in its 44th year, to 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.”

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The Grammy Hall of Fame is meant to “honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.” Here’s a look at this year’s list of inductees.

Lady Sings the Blues – Billie Holiday (1956)
Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A (1988)
Okie From Muskogee – Merle Haggard (1969)
Sign O’ The Times – Prince (1987)

-“ABC” – The Jackson 5 (1970)
-“Changes” – David Bowie (1972)
-“The City of New Orleans” – Arlo Guthrie (1972)
-“(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin’ Jive” – Cab Calloway And His Orchestra (1939)
-“I Can’t Make You Love Me” – Bonnie Raitt (1991)
-“I Get Around – The Beach Boys (1964)
-“I Got You Babe” – Sonny & Cher (1965)
-“Jailhouse Rock” – Elvis Presley (1957)
-“Losing My Religion” – REM (1991)
-“Maggie May” – Rod Stewart (1971)
-“Mission-Impossible” – Lalo Schifrin (1967)
-“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana (1991)
-“Smoke on the Water” – Deep Purple (1973)
-“Stack O’Lee Blues” – Mississippi John Hurt (Traditional) (1928)
-“Statesboro Blues” – Blind Willie McTell (1928)
-“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” – Sly & The Family Stone (1969)
-“Wake Up Little Susie” – The Everly Brothers (1957)
-“The Wanderer” – Dion (1961)
-“When the Saints Go Marching In” – Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra (Traditional) (1939)
-“You Always Hurt the One You Love” – Mills Brothers (1944)
-“You Don’t Own Me” – Lesley Gore (1963)

Click here for the full list of entries in the Grammy Hall of Fame. And click here for the 2017 Grammy Hall of Fame playlist on Spotify.

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