Almost 30 years after the release of their seminal hit "The Message," it's been announced that Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
According to Allhiphop.com, the rap group is among the 25 new inductees, which also includes Mahalia Jackson, Bill Cosby, Gene Autrey and Dr. Martin Luther King, for his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech.
"The Recording Academy is dedicated to celebrating a wide variety of great music and sound through the decades," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "We are especially honored to welcome this year's selection of some of the most influential recordings of the last century. Marked by both cultural and historical significance, these works truly have influence and inspired audiences for generations, and we are thrilled to induct them into our growing catalog of outstanding recordings."
The 54th Grammy Awards ceremony will take place February 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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