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Nirvana, R.E.M. Tracks Part Of 2017 Grammy HOF Induction Class

Nirvana and R.E.M. will have songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame during Grammy Awards week in February.

The annual list of 25 inductees includes Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," along with David Bowie's "Changes," Deep Purple's "Smoke On the Water," the Jackson 5's "ABC," N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton" album and Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe."

R.E.M.'s Mike Mills tells us that "Losing My Religion's" massive success during 1991 came as something of a surprise for the band:

"No one knew what we had. We liked it, and we knew it was a good song. As far as the record company thought it was just a set-up for 'Shiny Happy People,' and then it took off. I think everyone was pretty much equally surprised."

 

The class of 2017 brings the Grammy Hall of Fame total to 1,038 recordings. The songs will be honored at a special ceremony in Los Angeles and also mentioned during the Grammy Awards telecast on February 12.

The full list of inductees can be found at Grammy.com.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.