Albums By Wu-Tang Clan, Alicia Keys, & More Added To National Recording Registry

It’s a moment of triumph for Alicia Keys, A Tribe Called Quest and other “lucky” voices as their albums have been added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. 

Each year, the library adds 25 recordings to the registry from works which it says are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” to the nation’s recorded sound heritage. In other words, not every recording makes it to the list. 

It’s 2022, and the National Recording Registry has selected Alicia Keys’ 2001 debut “Songs in A Minor,” Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” and Tribe’s “The Low End Theory.”

Other selections are Nat King Cole’s 1961 single “The Christmas Song,” Ricky Martin’s hit single “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,’”.

While Alicia has said nothing about this milestone on social media at the time of writing, her fans have been doing the talking, congratulating her on the selection. 

This year, 1,000 Nominations were received for addition to the registry, but only 25 made the cut. 

Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, noted that the National Recording Registry reflects the diverse music and voices that have shaped America’s culture and history.

For those who lost out on nominations, there’s a chance to take another shot next year.

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