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AC/DC’s “Back In Black” In Grammy Hall

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AC/DC’s classic 1980 album Back In Black is one of 27 albums selected to enter the Grammy Hall of Fame this year, according to an announcement by the Recording Academy. Back In Black, AC/DC’s seventh studio album, will join more than 900 recordings already in the Grammy Hall’s collection. Other records going in at the same time include works from Paul McCartney & Wings, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston.

Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said, “These entries continue the tradition of including a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations. Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become apart of our musical, social and cultural history.”

AC/DC has been nominated for Grammy Awards seven times, but only won once, taking home a trophy for “Best Hard Rock Performance” in 2010 for the track “War Machine.”
Back In Black is one of the few hard rock albums inducted into the Hall.

The disc was originally released in July 1980 and was the band’s first effort since the death several months earlier of singer Bon Scott.

The group decided to continue on after Scott’s death and enlisted Scottish vocalist Brian Johnson.

Back In Black went on to become one of the biggest rock albums of all time and one of the biggest-selling albums of any genre, eventually selling 21 million copies in the U.S. alone.
Back In Black is tied for fifth place with Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vols I & II on the list of the biggest selling albums in the U.S.

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