It was announced yesterday that Graceland was named “World’s Best Music Attraction” by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards. Readers 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 lasted for 4 weeks.
Based on the number of votes cast, 10Best announced that Graceland 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 the King’s castle, 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 honors in the poll. Sun Studio took the #2 spot and Stax took the #5 spot. Sun Studio, which cranked out hits not only for Elvis but Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry 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.
“Readers of the nation’s No. 1 newspaper have declared Tennessee the No. 1 best state for music,” said Kevin Triplett, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “These five Tennessee attractions are at the top, but that’s just the beginning of all Tennessee has to offer to music fans from around the world.”
Last month, Elvis Presley’s Graceland was chosen “Best Historic Southern Attraction,” by USA TODAY 10Best readers, ranking #1 in a list that included Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon. Memphis in May International Festival was also voted “Best Southern Event“.
To celebrate this award Graceland is offering the Get Closer to Rock ‘n’ Roll Package for visitors. This package includes two nights at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, two VIP Tours of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, along with two tickets to fellow winners of the USA TODAY 10Best Musical Attraction Readers Choice award, Sun Studio and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.