(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Dance Music Hall of Fame, an organization that recognizes the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution and development of dance music, will hold its Second Annual Induction Ceremony, Monday, September 19th at 7pm at the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center (West 34th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues) in New York City. The evening will include performances and appearences by Chic, Gloria Gaynor and the induction of 15 notable artists, producers, remixers, DJs and individual records.
This years inductees include Artists Chic, Gloria Gaynor, and Sylvester. Producers Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, Quincy Jones, remixer François K (entering as a dj as well), and DJs Frankie Knuckles & John "Jellybean" Benitez will also be honored. The five records to be inducted are "Stayin' Alive" – The Bee Gees, "Got To Be Real" – Cheryl Lynn, "Good Times" – Chic, "I Will Survive" – Gloria Gaynor and "Disco Inferno" – The Trammps.
"The Dance Music Hall of Fame was founded to honor the pioneers of this overlooked genre; to recognize the significant accomplishments made by the DJs, remixers, producers and artists," DMHOF board member Eddie O'Loughlin says. "[Dance staples like] long versions, remixes and mixshow radio were all developed by our nominees."
Each year the nominating committee and Board of Advisors select nominees in the categories of Performer, Record, Producer, Remixer and DJ. Ballots are then sent to an international voting committee of over 1,000 dance music experts. Artists and others that helped shape the dance music industry become eligible for induction 25 years after their first contribution or record release. Nominations are not based solely on the subject's revenue or popularity. Criteria also include the influence and significance of the nominee's contributions to the development and perpetuation of dance music. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers