Elvis Presley's legendary Memphis home, Graceland mansion, was voted #1 in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers' Choice contest for “World's Best Musical Attraction” from a field of iconic music-themed landmarks.
As 10Best describes the award win, “After four weeks of voting, one legendary attraction won the title of Best Musical Attraction by a landslide: Graceland.” Elvis Presley’s Graceland was voted into the top spot by readers of USA TODAY, who were asked to cast their online ballot for their favorite global music attraction from a pool of 20 museums, memorials, historic studios and epic record stores originally selected by 10Best’s travel experts and journalists. Voting began on May 11 and ran through noon EDT June 8, 2015.
Based on the number of votes cast, 10Best announced that Elvis’ celebrity home was a “clear favorite with our music-loving readers,” in their voting recap, which is music to the ears of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. CEO Jack Soden. “This honor confirms what our guests from around the world have been telling us for years - that Graceland is a must-see destination, not only for Elvis fans, but for anyone who appreciates music and history. We have a rich story to tell here at Graceland, as we honor Elvis’ legacy and celebrate a music and pop culture revolution that started right here in Memphis, Tennessee,” said Soden.
Graceland was in good company as neighbors in Memphis and across the state of Tennessee also received huge honors in the 10Best poll. The city known as the “Home of the Blues and Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was well represented with Sun Studio, which cranked out hits not only for Elvis but Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis taking the second spot on the list along with the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in the fifth position. The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville placed fourth in addition to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge with the sixth spot on the list.
Additional nominees for Best Musical Attraction included the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Detroit’s Motown Museum, the famed Abbey Road studio in London and historic Apollo Theater in New York. Last month, Elvis Presley’s Graceland was chosen “Best Historic Southern Attraction,” by USA TODAY 10Best readers, ranking #1 in a list that included the famous founding fathers’ estates of Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon.
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An award like this means Graceland is well-worth a visit.