Each of us has our personal fave ABBA track, but few will grumble about Dancing Queen for this honour. The choice of School's Out for Alice Cooper, however, is a travesty. His follow up single Elected was far superior in every respect Well, except for sales volume
Well deserved for ABBA, obviously, but the Sex Pistols? Really? Sometimes I wonder about these judging panels, but it's nice to see the Fab Four getting more recognition in the US - it must make them proud even it it's 38 years later.
That is wonderful news about Dancing Queen - recognition it so very much deserves. There is no doubt at all of the mass global power of this song. Even those who are non ABBA fans (yes, I know, still surprises me also that they exist ! ) instantly recognise the piano riff at the beginning - and can't help but move, dance and even sing when this song is played, usually with a smile on their faces It is one of the most 'universal' songs ever crafted in my opinion - a timeless creation that flows through the decades, over the continents - forever in the hearts of past generations and continually capturing the hearts of new generations worldwide because of it's simple, basic, phenomenal ability to instantly create a state of happiness all over With this song, those endorphins are pretty much guaranteed everytime you hear it - even when you think you have had enough of hearing it for a while It is a very special song - perfectly crafted by masters and performed by angels Hmmmm - too much ? lol
Kind of funny the song goes into the US Grammy Hall Of Fame without ever having won a US Grammy - but after reading about the Hall Of Fame, I understand: 'the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame embodies the creative spirit and cultural significance of the greatest recorded music of all time. Established to honor recordings of "lasting historical or qualitative significance which have made contributions to our cultural heritage that are over 25 years old."
They have received Grammis Awards and an Edison Award in the past though - which are the Swedish & Dutch equivalents to a Grammy - so that would have counted anyway
They have actually won an impressive list of awards over the years from various countries.
There is a very interesting list of awards and nominations here:
It is a little surprising to realise that ABBA never received even a Grammy Nomination during the height of their popularity in the US.
Add that to the fact that they never had a win or even a second nomination from the Brit Awards at any time, it kind of begs the question as to why not.
The music industry must have still been quite dismissive of them in both countries, despite their popularity and amazing record sales.
I shouldn't be that surprised about this. We all know the stories about record companies saying no to signing groups/artists who ended up becoming the next big thing .... they don't always know what they are doing
Well summarised Roxy. The Brit awards - yes, it is surprising. It would have been a nice touch if they were awarded a lifetime achievement award, perhaps this year with the 40th anniversary. They might do it in the future, perhaps?
The one thing I remember the most about when ABBA started to become popular to where the US was wanting them to come and tour was the statement from ABBA saying they wouldn't tour the US unless they were the main act. I didn't quite understand it at the time and I think most American's took it as ABBA being a bit snooty. Because over here you started out as an opening act and then after some years of doing that you would work up to being the main act. And ABBA's statement was they wanted to be the main act or nothing. I know now it was due to the logistics of moving everything across the ocean and the time commitments away from their families and Agnetha being uncomfortable having to fly. So I believe that really hurt ABBA's opportunities for Grammy nominations and some of the tour dates not being sold out. This is just purely from my own memories.