Jay Z to become first rapper in the Songwriters Hall of Fame!

Artists have to be writing hits for 20 years before getting inducted


Entertainment Desk February 23, 2017
PHOTO: REUTERS

This June will be a big one for rapper Jay Z indeed! The Empire State of Mind hit-maker is slated to become the very first rapper ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame when he enters the prestigious organisation in the summer, reported CBS News.

He will be part of the 2017 class which also includes industry heavyweights Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Max Martin and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

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The 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place in New York on June 15. Songwriters are only eligible for induction if they have been writing hit songs for at least 20 years.

Jay Z - who released his debut album Reasonable Doubt back in 1996 has delivered multiple hits since then.

Some Songwriters Hall nominees who were not inducted include the late George Michael, Madonna, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Kool & the Gang and Gloria Estefan. Only five songwriters, or songwriting groups, are inducted each year.

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