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Nirvana, Bowie, R.E.M. Songs Among Grammy Hall of Fame’s 2017 Inductees

N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ Prince’s ‘Sign ‘O’ the Times’ among 25 recordings recognized as “part of our musical, social and cultural history”


Recordings by Nirvana, David Bowie, Prince, Elvis Presley, R.E.M. and N.W.A are among the 25 inductees headed to the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” David Bowie‘s “Changes,” R.E.M.‘s “Losing My Religion,” Elvis Presley‘s “Jailhouse Rock” and Prince‘s Sign ‘O’ the Times are among the 25 recordings that will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as part of their Class of 2017.

N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around,” Jackson 5’s “ABC” and Sly & The Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” are among the diverse group of inductees, which also includes TV themes (Lalo Schifrin’s “Mission Impossible), country (Merle Haggard’s Okie From Muskogee, Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make Your Love Me”) and early Sixties pop (Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me,” Dion’s “The Wanderer”).

According to Billboard, the criteria for Grammy Hall of Fame eligibility is that the recording must be at least 25 years old; both “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Losing My Religion” celebrated their 25th anniversary this year. The 25 new additions would bring the Hall of Fame’s number of inductees to 1,038.

“The Grammy Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned,” The Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow 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.

Check out the complete list of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees below:

Arlo Guthrie – “The City of New Orleans”
The Beach Boys – “I Get Around”
Billie Holiday – Lady Sings the Blues
Blind Willie McTell – “Statesboro Blues”
Bonnie Raitt – “I Can’t Make Your Love Me”
Cab Calloway And His Orchestra – “(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin’ Jive”
David Bowie – “Changes”
Deep Purple – “Smoke of the Water”
Dion – “The Wanderer”
Elvis Presley – “Jailhouse Rock”
The Everly Brothers – “Wake Up Little Susie”
Jackson 5 – “ABC”
Lalo Schifrin – “Mission Impossible”
Lesley Gore – “You Don’t Own Me”
Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra – “When the Saints Go Marching In”
Merle Haggard – Okie From Muskogee
Mills Brothers – “You Always Hurt the One You Love”
Mississippi John Hurt – “Stack O’Lee Blues”
N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton
Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
PrinceSign ‘O’ the Times
R.E.M. – “Losing My Religion”
Rod Stewart – “Maggie May”
Sly & The Family Stone – “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”
Sonny & Cher – “I Got You Babe”


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