On Tuesday October 16, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr joined representatives of the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, to announce the launch of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and it's inaugural class of inductees.
Artists such as Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King, and Al Green will be inducted at a ceremony on November 29 at the Cannon Center of Performing Arts in downtown Memphis, Memphis Rap reports.
Academy Award winning Hip-Hop group Three 6 Mafia will also be inducted, AllHipHop reports.
In 2006, The Memphis rappers took home the Oscar for Best Original Song, "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp," which was performed by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson in the film Hustle & Flow. Henson also joined Three 6 Mafia on stage for a live performance of the song shortly before winning their Oscar. Three 6 Mafia was the first rap group to perform live at the Oscars, and "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" was the second Hip-Hop song to win an Oscar. The first was Eminem's "Lose Yourself" from the film 8 Mile.
The Rock 'n' Soul Museum will "administer, fund, and house the Hall of Fame," The Commercial Appeal reports.
The Memphis Music Hall of Fame has been about six years in the making, and is finally coming into fruition.
"All of us apologize for being so late. We should have started this 20 years ago, or maybe 40 years ago, Rock 'n' Soul Museum Executive Director John Doyle said.
Mayor Wharton explained he had just returned from Berlin where he had visited the Memphis Exhibition, which is running until October 28, The Memphis Daily News reports. The exhibition displays clothes, photographs, films, and other Memphis memorabilia.
Wharton was inspired and amazed by how American music legends are appreciated all over the world, and felt that Tuesday's announcement could not have come at a more perfect time.
The decision for who would be inducted into the first annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame was made by a committee of local and national authors, historians, and music professionals, Memphis Rap reports.
According to The Memphis Daily News, inductions into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame will be held every year.
In a bit of a sad, ironic twist, Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul was arrested in New York City Monday for carrying a taser gun and an open can of beer. Cops confiscated the weapon, and took the Academy Award winner to a nearby station where he spent the night behind bars.
The next morning, he was arraigned and pled "not guilty" to the charges brought against him. He is due back in court in December.
No word on if this situation will in any way affect DJ Paul's chances of appearing at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Ceremony next month.
A complete list of inductees can be found here. Bios are already up for about half the inductees.
All the inductees are either from Memphis or have contributed significantly to the city's rich musical history and culture, The Commercial Appeal reports.