New Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

Since its inception in 1973, the Grammy Hall of Fame now has a total of 826 inductions. All the songs are chosen by certain members of a committee of historians and experts and are usually iconic, masterful pieces of music. There are 28 2008 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, many of whom already have legendary status.

Few can forget American guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix. His unique brand of guitar greatly influenced rock music and helped shape the music world as we know it today. His performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival is still talked about to this day. Little wonder that Jimi Hendrix is one of the 2008 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees. His rendition of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, which was originally played in a moving performance at Woodstock, is already regarded as a fitting symbol of the 1960s. Little wonder then, that this is just one of the memorable songs that will be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.

Another noteworthy band is Queen. Queen’s ‘We Are the Champions/We Will Rock You’ 1977 single will also be gracing the Hall of Fame, as will The Police’s ‘Synchronicity’ album (1983). Other inductees include Stevie Wonder’s ‘For Once in My Life’, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and the ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’ soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. Music giant BB King will be performing a cover version of Louis Jourdan’s ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ with John Mayer at the nomination ceremony. The song is another one of the songs to have been inducted this year.

The 2008 Grammy Hall of Fame nomination ceremony will be taking place at the Los Angeles Nokia Theatre tonight, December 3. It is also interesting to note that a four-floor exhibition center called the ‘Grammy Museum’ is due to be opened soon. The museum will showcase most of the songs and artists that have been nominated to the Grammy Hall of Fame. It is due to open in Los Angeles on December 6 and is sure to be very popular. Both the museum and the Hall of Fame is a celebration of the arts, and reminds and educates people as to the triumphs and achievements of music over the years.