The hall of Fame Award is a special merit award given out at the Grammys since 1973, it was to recognize and honor recordings that were at least twenty-five years old and that have “qualitative or historical significance.” All genres, classical, rock, country, R&B, opera, theatre and film are eligible for the award, both singles and albums are eligible. There are approximately 850 Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients all chosen out of recordings since the 1900’s.

Award recipients in 1974

"Body and Soul"
Coleman Hawkins
Jazz (single)
"The Christmas Song"
Nat King Cole
Traditional Pop (single)
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin with Paul Whiteman
Traditional Pop (single)
"West End Blues"
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
Jazz (Single)
"White Christmas"
Bing Crosby, The Ken Darby Singers
Traditional Pop (Single)

Award recipients in 2010

“As Time Goes By”
Dooley Wilson
Traditional Pop (Single)
Weather Report
Jazz (Single)
“California Girls”
The Beach Boys
Pop (Single)
“Catch A Fire”
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Reggae (Album)
“Class Clown”
George Carlin
Comedy (Album)
“Crazy He Calls Me”
Billie Holiday
Jazz (Single)
“Dipper Mouth Blues”
King Oliver & His Jazz Band
Jazz (Single)
“Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament)”
Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
Jazz (Single)
“Ella And Basie!”
Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie
Jazz (Album)
“Feliz Navidad”
Jose Feliciano
Latin (Single)
“For Me And My Gal”
Judy Garland & Gene Kelly
Traditional Pop (Single)
“His Eye Is On The Sparrow”
Mahalia Jackson
Gospel (Single)
“I Feel Like Going Home”
Muddy Waters
Blues (Single)
“It's A Man's Man's Man's World”
James Brown
R&B (Single)
“Jazz Samba”
Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd
Jazz (Album)
“Kansas City Stomps”
Jelly Roll Morton
Jazz (Single)
“Lazy River”
Louis Armstrong
Jazz (Single)
“Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy”
Louis Armstrong & His All*Stars
Jazz (Album)
“Mr. Bojangles”
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Pop (Single)
Janis Joplin
Rock (Album)
“Riders On The Storm”
The Doors
Rock (Single)
“Twist And Shout”
The Isley Brothers
R&B (Single)
“Who Do You Love?”
Bo Diddley
R&B (Single)
“You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)”
Harry James & His Orchestra
Traditional Pop (Single)
Johnny Mercer
Pop (Single)