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December 01, 2008


2009 GRAMMY Hall of Fame® Inductees Announced as the GRAMMY MuseumSM Debuts to the Public on Dec. 6

The Recording Academy® Honors Timeless Recordings Including "Let The Good Times Roll" To Be Performed by B.B. King and John Mayer on "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!!" Dec. 3, 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS

The Recording Academy® announced the newest additions to its GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®, adding 28 recordings to a timeless list that now includes 826 titles. The Hall Of Fame will be a featured part of the GRAMMY MuseumSM at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles opening on Dec. 6, and serves as a celebration and reminder of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts. Selections are drawn from all categories of music, representing the diversity and musical excellence for which The Recording Academy is renowned.

"The GRAMMY Hall of Fame represents a proud tribute to the many important recordings that have enriched and even changed our lives and now they are featured in our GRAMMY Museum for all to experience and enjoy," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Our 2009 inductees span decades and genres — from classical, calypso and country to R&B, soundtracks, and rock and roll — and these masterpieces possess the qualities that make them everlasting representations of how the recording arts are such a vital part of our culture."

The selections range from 1928's "I Wanna Be Loved By You" by Helen Kane to the Police's 1983 album Synchronicity. The soundtrack from the film The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly as well as "Love Theme from The Godfather" are included in this year's list of inductees. There are four classical recordings, including 1961's "Copland: Appalachian Spring," conducted by Aaron Copland (with the London Symphony Orchestra) and one musical show, Man Of La Mancha. Rock recordings include Jimi Hendrix's "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Queen's "We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You." In the R&B genre, "Let The Good Times Roll" by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five will be featured in a unique live performance by B.B. King and John Mayer on "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" airing Wednesday, Dec. 3, 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame was created in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting significance that were issued prior to the 1958 inception of the GRAMMY® Awards. The Hall is now open to any recording that has been in release for at least 25 years. New submissions are chosen annually by a special member committee of experts and historians drawn from all branches of the recording arts. Their recommendations are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees of The Recording Academy. The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame is unique in that it is open to all genres of music popular as well as specialized forms.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit

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