2012 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Selections Announced
Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating great recordings, The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to its GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, adding 25 recordings to a collection that now totals 906 titles. The collection is on display at the GRAMMY Museum.
"The Recording Academy is dedicated to celebrating a wide variety of great music and sound through the decades," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "We are especially honored to welcome this year's selection of some of the most influential recordings of the last century. Marked by both cultural and historical significance, these works truly have influenced and inspired audiences for generations, and we are thrilled to induct them into our growing catalog of outstanding recordings."
Representing a variety of tracks and albums, the 2012 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees range from Bruce Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A. album to civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech from his historic 1963 address at the March on Washington. Also on the list are Bill Cosby's comedy album I Started Out As A Child, Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's single "The Message," the original Broadway cast recording of "St. Louis Woman," Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," the Rolling Stones' album Exile On Main St., and Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It." Others inductees include the Anthology Of American Folk Music, and recordings by Gene Autry; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Doris Day; the Serge Koussevitzky-conducted Boston Symphony Orchestra; Los Panchos; Santana; and Paul Simon, among others.
Highlighting diversity and musical excellence, the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame acknowledges singles, individual tracks and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Through a tradition established nearly 40 years ago, recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprising eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.
Tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.