“On The Road Again” On Its Way to Hall Of Fame
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.
In addition to Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” (which earned him a Grammy for Best Country Song in 1980 and was also featured in the movie Honeysuckle Rose the same year) other recording highlights on the list for 2011 include:
“I’ll Be There” – Jackson 5
“Penny Lane” – The Beatles
“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” – Otis Redding
“Purple Rain” – Prince & The Revolution
“Genius + Soul = Jazz” – Ray Charles
A complete list of 2011 Hall of Fame inductees can be found here. The 53rd annual GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13th at 8 pm EST.