The Grammys Are Finally Giving Guns n’ Roses Some Love

Publish Date
Friday, 22 March 2024, 12:06PM

Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction will finally be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year, righting a 37-year wrong in the process.

It’s no secret that Appetite for Destruction is one of the most influential and highest selling albums of all time which is why it comes as a surprise to most that somehow Guns N' Roses hugely selling debut album was overlooked by the Grammys back in 1987 and over the course of the album's entire run.

While it seems like a glaring omission, it's actually easy to see how the album may have been overlooked initially. As per Billboard, the end of the 1987 eligibility period to be considered for a Grammy was Sept. 30 that year. Appetite for Destruction was initially released on July 21, 1987.

However, the album seemed to be stalled at 250,000 in sales and MTV refused to play the video for “Welcome to the Jungle.” The band's label and manager had suggested they stop touring and start working on their next album, when they made one last ditch plea to MTV to play the "Welcome to the Jungle" video. Initially airing at 5AM on a Sunday morning, the clip found its audience and the album then started to take off.

At the time of the end of eligibility, Appetite for Destruction had not even cracked the Top 70 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. A big surprise is that the hit singles that followed over the course of the next two years were overlooked too. "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City" all went without a nomination. Guns N' Roses didn't score recognition from the Grammys until a Best Hard Rock Performance nomination for, GN'R Lies. Which is one of three nominations they've gathered over the years, still yet to see their first Grammy win, however.

Here's the full list of singles and albums joining in the induction this year..

William Bell, "You Don't Miss Your Water" (1961)

Buena Vista Social Club, Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)

The Doobie Brothers, "What a Fool Believes" (1979)

Guns N' Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987)

Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)

Wanda Jackson, "Let's Have a Party" (1960)

Kid Ory's Creole Orchestra, "Ory's Creole Trombone" (1922)

Charley Pride, "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" (1971)

Donna Summer, "I Feel Love" (1977)


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