The Grammy Awards will get its own treatment in February, but the Hall of Fame is celebrating now. The Hall has announced new songs, recordings and albums to be honored.
As the Grammys turn 55, the Grammy Hall of Fame is 40.
For many a song or an album can define an era or put the listener in a time and place, so enter the Hall of Fame. "With the Grammy Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.
Some of The 2013 Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees:
AC/DC's "Back In Black"
Frank Sinatra's recording of theme from "New York, New York"
Billy Joel's "Piano Man"
Paul McCartney & Wings' album "Band On The Run"
Ray Charles' "Hit The Road Jack"
The Drifters' "On Broadway"
Charles Mingus' album "Mingus Ah Um"
Other inductees include self-titled albums from Elton John and Whitney Houston. The Broadway cast recording of "Lost In The Stars," and recordings by James Brown, Bob Dylan, Carlos Gardel, Buck Owens, Richard Pryor, and Little Richard, among others.
Recorded history is what matters, too. "Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social, and cultural history," Portnow added.
This is just one more part of the Grammy legacy. And on Dec. 5, a nominations concert is on tap and then the awards in February 2013. The nominations concert will be co-hosted by Taylor Swift. Both events air on CBS.
* The Grammy Hall Of Fame was established by The Recording Academy's National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Inductees are selected annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts