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Grammys Induct Jimi Hendrix, Queen Recordings Into Hall Of Fame

December 1, 2008 4:07 PM ET

Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Police, Queen and Ennio Morricone were among those whose music was inducted into the Grammys Hall of Fame. Specifically, Hendrix's famed Woodstock rendition of "Star-Spangled Banner," Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" and 26 more recordings were all honored and will be featured in the Grammys' brand new Los Angeles museum, set to open December 6th. Queen's "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions," Police's entire Synchronicity, Morricone's The Good, The Bad & The Ugly soundtrack, Stevie Wonder's "For Once In My Life" and the "Love Theme" from The Godfather were also selected. Additionally, B.B. King and John Mayer will perform one of the new inductees, Louis Jordan's "Let The Good Times Roll," at this Wednesday's nominations ceremony. Since 1973, the Grammys commission has inducted 826 titles into the Hall of Fame.

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