The 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have been revealed – and this year, the organization included the first ever rapper, Jay Z!
Also being inducted this year are hit maker Max Martin, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time, Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera of Chicago, and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
When asked why it took so long to recognize a rapper, producer Nile Rodgers said, “Jay Z was in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, because he did it through rap, which isn’t considered part of the normal pop music scene.”
Jay Z has written dozens of songs, is a 21-time Grammy winner, and has sold over one hundred million records.
The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 15, in New York.
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