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by World Music Network November 23, 2011


GRAMMY Hall Of Fame 2012 Selections

grammyContinuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating great recordings, The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to its GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, adding twenty five 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.'

Included on the 2012 list are Latin pop trio Los Panchoswith 'Mexicantos' (1945), the famous 'I Will Survive' by Gloria Gaynor (1978), and 'The Message' (1982) by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, widely acclaimed as one of the most influential hip hop albums of all time. The addition of particular interest to world music fans is of course 'Graceland' (1987) by Paul Simon, the controversial yet undeniably important album which brought the eclectic sounds and styles of South Africa into the Western popular music realm. Check out the full list here... who else would you include?