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A Tribe Called Quest, Beasties Added to Grammy Hall Of Fame

By Stereo Williams

The Recording Academy announced the latest 29 songs and albums to be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame today (December 22). Among the works being included are landmark rap classics: the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill — the first rap disc to top Billboard 200 album chart — and A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory. 

“We are proud to announce this year’s diverse roster of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees and to recognize recordings that have shaped our industry and inspires music makers of tomorrow,” Harvey Mason Jr., chair and interim president/CEO of the Recording Academy, said via statement. “Each recording has had a significant impact on our culture, and it is an honor to add them to our distinguished catalog.”

The Hip-Hop classics are being entered into the Hall of Fame alongside pivotal debut records like Bruce Springsteen's Greetings From Asbury Park, Patti Smith's Horses, and others masterworks by The Cars, Stevie Ray Vaughan and classic hit songs like Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler,” Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” the monumental USA For Africa hit "We Are the World." 

The Gammy Hall now includes 1,142 recordings. 

CHECK OUT THE FULL LIST OF THIS YEAR'S GRAMMY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:

“Au Clair de la Lune,” Edouard-Leon Scott De Martinville, single (c. 1853-61)“Blues Breakers,” John Mayall with Eric Clapton, album  (1966)“Canciones de Mi Padre,” Linda Ronstadt, album (1987)“Clean Up Woman,” Betty Wright, single (1971)“Copenhagen,” Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra, single (1924)“Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey, single (1981)“Freight Train,” Elizabeth Cotton, single (1958)“Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.,” Bruce Springsteen, album (1973)“Horses,” Patti Smith, album (1975)“Hot Buttered Soul,” Isaac Hayes, album (1969)“In the Right Place,” Dr. John, album (1973)“Licensed to Ill,” Beastie Boys, album (1986)“Mad Dogs & Englishmen,” Joe Cocker, album (1970)“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at ‘The Club’,” The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, album (1966)“Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major,” Leonard Bernstein with the Philharmonia Orchestra Of London, album (1948)“Schoenberg: The Four String Quartets,” Kolisch String Quartet, album (1937)“So,” Peter Gabriel, album (1986)“Solitude,” Billie Holiday, single (1952)“Ten,” Pearl Jam, album (1991)“Texas Flood,” Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble, album (1983)“The Cars,” The Cars, album (1978)“The Gambler,” Kenny Rogers, single (1978)“The Low End Theory,” A Tribe Called Quest, album (1991)“Time Is On My Side,” Irma Thomas, single (1964)“Trio,” Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, album (1987)“We Are The World,” USA For Africa, single (1985)“When the Levee Breaks,” Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie, single (1929)“Wreck of the Old 97,” Vernon Dalhart, single (1924)“Y.M.C.A.,” Village People, single (1978)