Nina Simone

Nina Simone’s 1969 anthem “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” is among the 25 significant musical selection inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.

— PHOTO: Grammy Hall of Fame

The 2019 Grammy Awards are in the books, and the Recording Academy recently announced the newest inductions to its prestigious Grammy Hall of Fame.

The organization states that the latest additions “recognize a diverse range of both singles and album recordings at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance.”

Each year, recordings are reviewed by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by the Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. With 25 new titles, the Hall, now in its 46th year, currently totals 1,088 recordings and is on display at the Grammy Museum.

This year’s eclectic list of classics includes Nina Simone’s eye-opening anthem, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” released by RCA Victor as a single in 1969. Filled with pride and purpose, the song exploded on urban airwaves, and became a favorite of gospel choirs nationwide.

Also being recognized is the self-titled album by Norristown native, electric bassist Jaco Pastorious (Epic,1976), as well as Curtis Mayfield’s joyous and inspiring dance track, “Move On Up.”

Miriam Makeba’s whimsical single “Pata Pata” (Reprise, 1967) is being enshrined, as is Fats Domino’s rollicking, “I’m Walkin’ (Imperial, 1957).

Other inductions for 2019 include:

Bernstrin: Mass — A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers

Columbia Masterworks (1971) — Album

Ella Fitzgerald’s Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book

Ella Fitzgerald (Verve, 1959) Album

“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” — The Platters (Mercury, 1958) — Single

“Tenderly” — Sarah Vaughan (Mercury, 1947) — Single

“Walk This Way” — Aerosmith (Columiba, 1975) — Single

“The Grammy Hall of Fame is proud to be a pillar of musical excellence and diversity year after year, honoring some of the most iconic recordings of all time,” Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. “We are proud to acknowledge the ever-changing landscape and evolution of musical expression for which the Academy has become known. We’re honored to add these masterpieces to our growing catalog and are delighted to celebrate he impact they’ve had on our musical, social and cultural history.”

Eligible recipients receive an official certificate from the Recording Academy. For a full list of recordings inducted inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, https://www.grammy.com/grammys/awards/hall-of-fame.

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