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Songwriters Hall of Fame Announces Nominees

by Newsdesk, VVN Music

Hip-hop icon Jay Z has become the first rapper in history to land a nomination for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Empire State of Mind star, real name Shawn Carter, was named to the longlist for the Class of 2017 in his first year of eligibility.

Nominees are considered for induction if they have been writing hits for at least 20 years. Jay Z released his classic debut album, Reasonable Doubt, in 1996.

He joins the likes of Madonna, George Michael, Gloria Estefan, Bryan Adams, Chicago, Kool & the Gang, Cat Stevens, Sly Stone, and Vince Gill as performing nominees, while producers Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Max Martin are among the non-performing songwriters up for possible induction next year, according to The Associated Press.

The official announcement will be made by organization bosses on tomorrow.

Hall of Fame members will have until December 16 to cast their votes, and the top five picks will be announced in the New Year.

The 48th annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place in New York City on June 5, 2017.

The Class of 2016 was made up of Nile Rodgers, Marvin Gaye, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello, while Chip Taylor and Rodgers' late Chic bandmate, Bernard Edwards, were also celebrated at the June ceremony.

Previous inductees include Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie, David Bowie, James Brown, and Dolly Parton.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame, which honours the masters behind the music industry's biggest hits, was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and music publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond.

The nominees in the category of Performing Songwriter with examples of their songs (voting members can select two):
  • Bryan Adams
    • (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
    • Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?
    • All For Love
  • Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter
    • Umbrella
    • Crazy in Love
    • Baby Boy
  • Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm & James Pankow (Chicago)
    • If You Leave Me Now (Cetera)
    • Hard to Say I'm Sorry (Cetera)
    • 25 or 6 to 4 (Lamm)
    • Saturday in the Park (Lamm)
    • Just You 'N' Me (Pankow)
    • Old Days (Pankow)
  • Gloria Estefan
    • Don't Wanna Lose You
    • Anything For You
    • Coming Out of the Dark
  • David Gates
    • Make It With You
    • Baby I'm a Want You
    • Popsicles and Icicles
  • Vince Gill
    • Feels Like Love
    • Whenever You Come Around
    • If You Ever Have Forever in Mind
  • Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam)
    • The First Cut is the Deepest
    • Peace Train
    • Wild World
  • Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell & George Brown (Kool & the Gang)
    • Celebration
    • Cherish
    • Jungle Boogie
  • Jeff Lynne
    • Telephone Line
    • Mr. Blue Sky
    • You Got It
  • Madonna
    • Music
    • Take a Bow
    • Like a Prayer
  • George Michael
    • Carless Whisper
    • Faith
    • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
  • Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart
    • Family Affair
    • Everyday People
    • Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)
The nominees in the category of Non-Performing Songwriters with examples of their songs (voting members can select three).
  • Kenneth "Babyface" Edmunds
    • We Belong Together
    • I'll Make Love To You
    • The End of the Road
  • Randy Goodrum
    • You Needed Me
    • Who's Holding Donna Now?
    • Oh Sherrie
  • Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
    • That's the Way Love Goes
    • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On
    • All For You
  • Tony Macaulay
    • Don't Give Up On Us
    • Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
    • Build Me Up Buttercup
  • Max Martin
    • Shake It Off
    • California Gurls
    • Since U Been Gone
  • Kenny Nolan
    • Lady Marmalade
    • My Eyes Adored You
    • I Like Dreamin'
  • Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham
    • Cry Like a Baby
    • I'm Your Puppet
    • Sweet Inspiration
  • Paul Overstreet
    • When You Say Nothing At All
    • Love Can Build a Bridge
    • Some Beach
  • Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan
    • Secret Agent Man
    • A Must to Avoid
    • You Baby
  • William "Mickey" Stevenson
    • Dancing in the Street
    • Devil With the Blue Dress On
    • Pride and Joy
  • Allee Willis
    • What Have I Done to Deserve This?
    • Boogie Wonderland
    • September
  • Maury Yeston
    • Nine (Broadway musical)
    • Titanic (Broadway musical)
    • Grand Hotel (Broadway musical)