Jay Z To Become The First Rapper Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame
Jay Z will soon become the first hip-hop artist ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame when he is welcomed into the organization this June.
The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday that Jay Z, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Max Martin, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and three members of Chicago will all be inducted at the 48th annual ceremony on June 15, Page Six reports.
Songwriters only become eligible for the Hall of Fame honor after writing hit songs for at least 20 years, and Jay Z has plenty of them. The New York native has been a leader in the rap industry throughout his career that officially began with his debut album “Reasonable Doubt” in 1996.
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Not only will the “Empire State Of Mind” rapper be the first rap artist to be inducted into the hall, but he is also the first to be nominated.
The Songwriters Hall inducts five songwriters, or songwriting groups each year. Songwriters George Michael, Madonna, Vince Gill, Bryan Adams, Kool & the Gang and Gloria Estefan were all nominated, but did not move on to induction.