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Jackson 5, Beatles and Prince chosen for Grammy Hall of Fame

Song recordings by Ray Charles, Al Green, The Beatles and 27 other twentieth century artists spanning a wide range of genres are to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The prestigious recording academy has chosen to honour 30 titles, bringing the total to 881.

Neil Portnow, President of the Academy and general big cheese, said ‘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.’

He certainly wasn’t joking about it being diverse. The selections include recordings from 1927 with Dark Was the Night - Cold Was the Ground by Blind Willie Johnson and jazz classics such as Sidney Bechet’s Summertime. Also included is Prince & the Revolutions' Purple Rain.

The recordings will be enshrined for future generations at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

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