The record industry’s older recognition-bestowing body has just shown up its younger sibling. Earlier today, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2015 inductees, nominated candidates such as Chic and Kraftwerk were nowhere to be seen, falling by the wayside for the likes of Ringo Starr and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Now the Recording Academy has announced its 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, and this time records by both the disco legends and the electronic-music pioneers are on the list.
Each year, 27 honorees head to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The class of 2015 includes Kraftwerk’s 1974 krautrock landmark Autobahn and Chic’s 1978 disco classic “Le Freak,” along with 2015 Rock Hall solo inductee Lou Reed‘s 1972 street-rock boundary-pusher “Walk on the Wild Side.”
Among other highlights from this year’s Grammy Hall of Fame inductees are Otis Redding’s 1966 soul-stirrer “Try a Little Tenderness,” ABBA’s 1976 world-conqueror “Dancing Queen”; Neil Young’s masterful 1972 mainstream breakthrough Harvest; Ornette Coleman’s 1959 game-changer The Shape of Jazz to Come; the Sex Pistols’ punk-rock watershed Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols; Bob Dylan’s 1975 break-up go-to Blood on the Tracks; and Bonnie Raitt’s straight-ahead 1989 smash Nick of Time, the most recent record on the list.
Other standouts: Sly and the Family Stone’s 1969 soul-funk breakout Stand!, Leonard Cohen’s 1967 songwriting clinic Songs of Leonard Cohen, the Four Seasons’ 1962 falsetto showcase “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Fontella Bass’s immortal 1965 side “Rescue Me,” Willie Nelson’s 1978 standards collection Stardust, Aaron Neville’s gut-punching 1966 soul staple “Tell It Like It Is,” Sonny Rollins’s 1962 post-retirement return The Bridge, country-folk singer/songwriter John Prine’s 1971 self-titled debut and Bobby Fuller Four’s 1965 punk-rock progenitor “I Fought the Law.” Oh, and Alice Cooper’s 1972 Charli XCX preview “School’s Out,” of course.
The latest crop goes back chronologically to calypso king Harry Belafonte’s 1956 breakthrough Calypso (yes, the one from Beetlejuice), the Dominoes’ 1951 rock’n’roll Rosetta Stone “Sixty Minute Man,” Hank Williams’s 1947 “Honky Tonkin’,” Fats Waller’s 1942 “Jitterbug Waltz” and two different versions of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (1909 by Fisk Jubilee Singers and 1926 by Paul Robeson).
The new additions bring the Grammy Hall of Fame to 987 titles in all. Last year’s inductees included Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, U2′s The Joshua Tree, Run-D.M.C.’s “Walk This Way” team-up with Aerosmith, the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women,” George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”
The 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held Sunday, February 8, on CBS at 8 p.m. EST. The Grammys recently announced this year’s nominations, which made Beyoncé the most-nominated female artist (ahead of Dolly Parton) and U2 the most-nominated group in history. A Stevie Wonder tribute concert, Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute, will air on CBS a week after the Grammys.