(AllHipHop News) Two of Hip Hop’s earliest hit records have been named as inductees into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. Recordings by Sugarhill Gang and Run-D.M.C. will join other legendary acts like Sam Cooke, James Brown, Gil Scott-Heron, and Miles Davis in the class of 2014.
Sugarhill Gang’s breakout track “Rapper’ Delight” and Run-D.M.C.’s crossover smash “Walk This Way” will be enshrined at the Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE along with 25 other songs or albums. The eligible recordings have to be at least 25 years old and “exhibit qualitative or historical significance.”
“Spanning the 1930s to the 1980s, this year’s Grammy Hall Of Fame entries represent a diverse collection of influential and historically significant recordings,” states President and CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow. “Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog — knowing that they have become a part of our musical, social, and cultural history.”
“Rapper’s Delight” is widely considered the first rap song to popularize Hip Hop on a global scale. The song charted in several countries around the world. Run-D.M.C.’s cover of “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith become a top 5 hit and helped introduce the fusion of rock and rap to mainstream pop culture.