A milestone for the institution.
Jay Z will be a 2017 inductee to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, a first for any rapper.
After being nominated last fall, AP reports the rapper has made it through and will be inducted with other nominees including Motown founder Berry Gordy, pop producer Max Martin, R&B veteran Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and frequent Janet Jackson songwriters Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
Songwriters are eligible after 20 years, making 2016 the first year Jay Z could be nominated. His debut album Reasonable Doubt was released in 1996.
This year’s induction ceremony takes place June 15 in New York. Jay Z has yet to announce whether he will attend.
By the way, this is a win for US. I remember when rap was said to be a fad . We are now alongside some of the greatest writers in history.
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) February 22, 2017