The New Mexico Music Commission Hall of Fame
Here is our unofficial Hall of Fame, a tip of the hat, to our state’s chart topping award winning artists, extraordinary music educators, music organizations and businesses, as well as legendary figures in New Mexico’s vibrant and diverse folk music scene, namely Native American and traditional Spanish and New Mexican Music: The Pueblo people of this region, now known as the state of New Mexico, are descendants of an indigenous Native American culture that established itself over many centuries, with Pueblo ruins dating back to the year 850–Chaco Canyon for example, and the Spanish arrived to the area as early as 1528–the first Spanish colony of San Juan de Los Caballeros was established in 1598. With this rich history comes an astounding lineage of indigenous folk music traditions unique to New Mexico. Many of our state’s traditional artists are considered ‘national treasures’ and their music is archived in national audio and oral folk collections, such as The Smithsonian Institution.
In addition to the general criteria listed above, those acknowledged in our unofficial Hall of Fame must have been born here in New Mexico or have made residence in the state at some point during their lives.
Visit the links below to view our Hall of Famers.