Whitney Houston and Billie Holiday are both legendary voices who’s presence in music are both missed. The achievements and talents of both women will be acknowledged by The Recording Academy as they are inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
Whitney Houston’s legacy includes one of the most awarded female vocalists of all time released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification. Houston’s powerhouse voice and not so demure personality makes her a favorite of many.
Billie Holiday, an icon of Jazz music had a career that spanned decades. Nicknamed Lady Day by her peers, Holiday made her name performing in spirited Jazz clubs in Harlem. Besides selling Carnegie Hall shows, Holiday’s music has won her four Grammy awards. Both Houston and Holiday experienced public scandals with substance abuse and their untimely deaths harrowed many.
Although they are no longer creating, The Recording Academy recognizes the timeless talent displayed on their records. The latest inductees include a diverse range of both singles and album recordings that exhibit qualitative or historical significance and are at least 25 years old. Reviewed by a special committee, the final selections are approved by the Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.
With 25 new titles, the Hall, inductees currently total 1,063 recordings all displayed at GRAMMY Museum® L.A. Live.
“Iconic and inspiring, these recordings are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history, and we are proud to have added them to our growing catalog.” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy.
Whitney Houston will be recognized for her hit single “I Will Always Love You”. Billie Holiday’s single “My Man” will be inducted. Other inductees include Gladys Knight & The Pips’ “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power, Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me” and Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five’s “Savoy Blues”