Grammy Hall of Fame Honors Recordings by Prince & N.W.A

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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Pop icon Prince is writing a memoir to be released next year. Publisher Spiegel & Grau announced Friday, March 18, 2016, it has acquired Prince’s untitled book, which will be released in the fall of 2017.(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album – soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Pop icon Prince is writing a memoir to be released next year. Publisher Spiegel & Grau announced Friday, March 18, 2016, it has acquired Prince’s untitled book, which will be released in the fall of 2017.(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Works by three music icons who died in the last year are among those that will be honored by the Recording Academy. David Bowie’s song “Changes,” Prince’s “Sign `O’ The Times” album and Merle Haggard’s album “Okie from Muskogee” are among the 25 recordings that will be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Other recordings that will be honored include The Beach Boys’ “I Get Around,” R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion,” Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” as well as N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton” album.

“The Grammy Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy in an interview with thewrap.com. “Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog and are an integral part of our musical, social and cultural history.”

Source: Los Angeles AP

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