The Grammy Hall of Fame has announced its 2021 inductees. Among the broad range of 29 singles and albums are recordings by the Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, Issac Hayes, Billie Holiday, and Linda Ronstadt.
Now in its 48th year, the Grammy Hall of Fame reviews single and album recordings that are at least 25 years old, and exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Recordings are reviewed by a committee of professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by the Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. The Grammy Hall of Fame currently includes 1,142 titles.
Among the 2021 titles is Isaac Hayes’ landmark, 1969 LP, Hot Buttered Soul, and the Beastie Boys’ 1986 debut, Licensed to Ill. Pearl Jam’s 1991 debut, Ten, is also included, as is Peter Gabriel’s best-selling 1985 LP, SO.
Additional albums include the 1966 hard-bop classic, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at “The Club,” from saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, as well as John Mayall and the Bluesbreaker’s 1966 blues-rock classic, Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton. Bruce Springsteen’s 1973 debut, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., also made the cut, as did Linda Ronstadt’s 1987 collection of traditional Mexican Mariachi music, Canciones de Mi Padre.
A variety of singles were also announced, including The Village People’s enduring 1978 disco anthem, “Y.M.C.A.,” Journey’s legendary “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and Billie Holiday’s 1952 recording of “(In My) Solitude.” The Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas, is also among the inductees, with her 1964 cover of “Time Is on My Side.” Her R&B release came out just months ahead of The Rolling Stones’ version.
Also notable is Édouard-Léon Scott De Martinville’s “Au Clair De La Lune,” the earliest-known recording of a person singing. The French folk song was captured in 1860 on a phonautogram – the first-known sound recording device, invented by Scott De Martinville.
Scroll down to view a full list of 2021 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees. For more information, visit the official website.
2021 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductees
“AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE”
Édouard-Léon Scott De Martinville
John Mayall With Eric Clapton
CANCIONES DE MI PADRE
“CLEAN UP WOMAN”
Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra
“DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’”
GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, N.J.
HOT BUTTERED SOUL
IN THE RIGHT PLACE
LICENSED TO ILL
MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN
MERCY, MERCY, MERCY! LIVE AT “THE CLUB”
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet
RAVEL: PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR
Leonard Bernstein With The Philharmonia Orchestra Of London
SCHOENBERG: THE FOUR STRING QUARTETS
Kolisch String Quartet
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble
THE LOW END THEORY
A Tribe Called Quest
“TIME IS ON MY SIDE”
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris
“WE ARE THE WORLD”
USA For Africa
“WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS”
Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie
“WRECK OF THE OLD 97”