Jay Z To Become The 1st Rapper Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Jay Z will be joining elite company as a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His induction is especially meaningful because it's the first time a rapper has received the honor.

Others in the 2017 class include Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow & Peter Cetera, p/k/a “Chicago” and Max Martin.

Chance the Rapper congratulated Jay, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis via his Twitter account.

"S/o to my OGs, Jay Z and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, who were elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame today. I hope to one day make it there," he tweeted.

Berry Gordy, who was included in the 2016 class but deferred, will also be inducted this year.

“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, in a statement. “The songwriters we honor cross genres, regional and even national boundaries - R & B, Rap, Pop and Rock & Roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognizes the convergence of song craft and musical performance at the very highest level.”

The induction ceremony will take place at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 15th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. 

Spotted at Rap-Up.

Photo Credit: Photobra | Adam Bielawski under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license via Wikimedia Commons.

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Comment by Dave Stewart on February 23, 2017 at 9:46am
Badazz if Pac was as prolific as Jay and wrote for as many people as Jay did he would get it. Jay has a longer body of work. Let that man be great, as you would expect others to do for you.
Comment by Shawn Corey Carter on February 23, 2017 at 1:47am
Thanks guys.
Comment by TheBadazz on February 22, 2017 at 11:56pm
Jay-Z? Really a whole bunch of braggadocios songs? I rather have Pac there, song with substance.
Comment by Ayo Ghost on February 22, 2017 at 7:42pm
Comment by MrArcherthePromoter on February 22, 2017 at 7:03pm
Salute To Hov Another Great MileStone

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