The prestigious Grammy Hall of Fame, now in its 44th year, has inducted over 1,000 songs. Now, iconic tracks from Merle Haggard and Elvis Presley will join the ranks of the most celebrated music in history. The Hall of Fame announced they are inducting 25 new songs in 2017. “Okie From Muskogee” and “Jailhouse Rock” are two of them!
Joining them are songs by fellow country music artists Bonnie Raitt and Everly Brothers — “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Wake Up Little Sunshine.”
The 2017 song inductees are quite the diverse bunch. What they do have in coming, though, is that they were all released more than 25 years ago. The new selections will be honored at the Grammy Museum of Los Angeles.
“The Grammy Hall of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become renowned,” President and CEO Neil Portnow stated. “Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog and are an integral part of our musical, social and cultural history.”
A committee made up of professionals from the music industry reviews songs from history each year. They select songs to induct before sending them for approval to The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.
The Grammy Hall of Fame will also induct songs from Nirvana, The Beach Boys and Prince.