Exclusive: Blondie, Grateful Dead, O'Jays and Fleetwood Mac Join 2016 Grammy Hall Of Fame

Blondie, 1980
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Blondie in 1980.  

A total of 26 new titles will be inducted

Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty album, the O’Jays’ “For the Love of Money,” Fleetwood Mac’s eponymous 1975 album and Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful” are among the 26 new recordings that will be inducted into The Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016. Now in its 43rd year, the Grammy Hall of Fame brings to 1,013 its total number of honored titles.

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“It’s very nice to be included in such incredible company,” says Blondie’s Deborah Harry. “’Heart of Glass’ has lived through quite a few incarnations, and now to become a part of history is just perfectly delicious.” Adds Eddie Levert of the O’Jays, “It makes us feel very blessed and excited that after so many years our music still brings joy to fans around the world.”

In announcing the Grammy Hall of Fame’s latest additions, The Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow states, “Spanning more than 50 years, the 2016 entries are an outstanding collection, marked by both historical and cultural significance. These works have influenced and inspired both music creators and fans for generations.”

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Joining the aforementioned inductees is a diverse list of recordings that includes the Andrew Sisters’ “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me),” John Coltrane’s Lush Life album, Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration,” Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville,” Roberta Flack’s First Take album and the Zombies “She’s Not There.”

The full list of 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees and entire roster of honored titles are available at www.grammy.org.

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