STOCKHOLM, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The first group of Swedish music greats have been selected to the Swedish Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, honoring their lasting legends that have made Swedish music international.
Twelve outstanding groups and performers, including pop pioneers ABBA, Ebba Gron and Roxette, of Swedish music legends will be honored in the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, which will open on March 20, adjacent to the recently opened ABBA museum.
"A diversity of artists are elected to be part of the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, containing Jazz, Death Metal or Hard Rock, Pop music, Rock music and everything. That's quite significant for Swedish pop music that we have it all," Charlotte Wiking, CEO, Swedish Music Hall of Fame, told Xinhua.
For an artist to be elected to the Hall of Fame, 20 years must have passed since their debut album in order to "guarantee an enduring historical value," meaning they have all started their careers by 1994 at the latest.
"Music builds a nation, and it makes Sweden international," said Wiking, "music is important both as a cultural heritage in Sweden and also for the Swedish export market."
As the CEO, she believes the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, as the country's only museum for music, is vital to preserve the artists' legacies and to promote them.
"The major thing to do this is to spread the knowledge, about men and women behind the music, and to inspire the younger generation to teach them the roots and traditions, teach them the origins of music, but also get inspired by how they developed," she said.