The Grammys have made a point to celebrate music 365 days a year. In keeping with tradition the Recording Academy recently announced 30 recordings that will be joining 881 previous winners in the legendary Grammy Hall of Fame, on display in Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum, in 2011.
President and CEO of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow explains the significance of the Hall of Fame:
“The GRAMMY Hall of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned. These musical treasures have brought us timeless recordings, and each of them deserves to be memorialized. These recordings are living evidence that music remains an indelible part of our culture.”
Created by the Academy’s National Trustees in 1973, the GRAMMY Hall of Fame was established as a way to honor and pay tribute to the musical recordings “of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old”. Eligible recordings are reviewed annually by committee members and industry professionals before final approval is given by Academy trustees.
Willie Nelson, the old Red Headed Stranger himself, was able to skirt around a felony charge and was charged with a misdemeanor instead in relation to his November 26th arrest for marijuana possession.
It was originally reported that Nelson was carrying six ounces of marijuana, which was found on his tour bus as they passed a checkpoint in Texas. Officials later determined that the amount to be four ounces, an amount which did not carry a felony charge with it as the six ounces would have. The four ounces will get Nelson a $4,000 fine and could carry up to a year in prison, although TMZ.com is reporting that Nelson will not be jailed on the charge.