The Recording Academy announced this morning that it will add 25 recordings to its Grammys Hall of Fame next year. The 2017 additions include albums and songs by Nirvana, N.W.A, Billie Holiday, David Bowie, R.E.M., Prince, the Beach Boys, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Presley.
“The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned,” Neil Portnow, the President/CEO of The Recording Academy, said in a statement. “Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog and are an integral part of our musical, social and cultural history.”
The other artists with songs or albums that will be enshrined in the Hall are the Jackson 5, the Everly Brothers, Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra, Cab Calloway And His Orchestra, Merle Haggard, Deep Purple, Dion, Lesley Gore, Arlo Guthrie, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell, Mills Brothers, Lalo Schifrin, Sly & The Family Stone, Sonny & Cher, and Rod Stewart. The number of recordings in the Hall of Fame, which the Academy started in 1973 as a way to preserve classic and historically significant songs, now stands at 1,038.
Listen to a Spotify playlist of many of the recordings below.