Nirvana and R.E.M. Classics Inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame

Paul Bergen/RedfernsLandmark recordings by two alt-rock legends are among the 25 recordings that have been selected for induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017.

For the past 44 years, musical works that are considered of "qualitative or historical significance" have been chosen for the Hall of Fame. This year, among the recordings being honored are Nirvana's game-changing 1991 single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and R.E.M.'s Grammy-winning 1991 hit "Losing My Religion," which reached the top five and led the band's crossover into mainstream success.

To be eligible for consideration, songs and albums have to be at least 25 years old.  Other inductees this year include Prince's 1987 double album Sign o' the Times and David Bowie's classic "Changes."

The list of honorees are approved by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees.

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