Photo of David Bowie, courtesy archive

The Recording Academy on Monday unveiled its 2017 inductees for the Grammy Hall of Fame, which honors singles and albums at least 25 years old exhibiting "qualitative or historical significance."

Among next year's recipients will be the likes of N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, David Bowie’s “Changes,” Elvis Presley’s "Jailhouse Rock," Nirvana’s "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Billie Holiday’s Lady Sings The Blues, Prince’s Sign “O” the Times, Merle Haggard’s Okie From Muskogee and the Beach Boys' "I Get Around."

The list also includes recordings from Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Deep Purple, Dion, the Everly Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, R.E.M., Sly & The Family Stone, and Sonny & Cher, among others.

Inductees for the Grammy Hall Of Fame, which is now in its 44th year, are selected by a special committee with final approval coming from the Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. 

Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement the 2017 inductees are "memorable and inspiring," calling the recordings an "integral part of our musical, social and cultural history."

Hear a playlist of the 2017 inductees below.


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