Jay Z can add “First Rapper Inducted Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee” to his many accolades!
The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced the 2017 inductees, and joining the hip hop icon are songwriting heavyweights; Barry Gordon, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Max Martin, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and three members of the group Chicago.
Announced on CBS This , Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers described the induction as “Massive”, praising the 21-time grammy winning artist. “[He] as in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, because he did it through rap,” said Rodgers when asked about the significance of Hova’s induction.
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“With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades. The combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening,” said SHOF co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and President Linda Moran.
The 21-time Grammy winning artist standout tracks include the Alicia Keys duet “Empire State of Mind,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “03 Bonnie & Clyde” with Beyoncé, as reported by Billboard.
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